Seymour Cray – The First Iconic Figure in the Industry

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Patrick Seitz over at Investor’s Business Daily has posted an interesting profile of Seymour Cray, calling him the “first iconic figure in the industry.”

Cray was a risk taker. Whereas corporations tended toward evolutionary technology, he was looking for breakthrough advances in computing. That conflict led Cray on four occasions to start new companies to pursue his dreams of faster, more capable computers. “He did his own thing in his own way,” Steve Wallach, recipient of the 2008 IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, told IBD. “What Steve Jobs was to personal computers, Seymour Cray was to supercomputers.”

Read the Full Story or check out this mini-documentary on Seymour Cray I helped produce back in 1996.