In Honor of Seymour Roger Cray
Growing up in Minnesota gave me early access to computers,
for both Control Data Corporation and Cray Research made
their homes nearby. One of the pioneers in the computer
field was Seymour Cray, responsible for the design of several
of the world's fastest computers. This includes the first
computer I ever programmed, the
at the University of Minnesota Computer Center in 1967.
Mr. Cray passed away on October 5, 1996, and his loss is mourned
The Charles Babbage Institute used to
have a nice virtual exhibit about Seymour Cray, but unfortunately it's
been removed and the current museum archivists don't know what happened to
the files. About the only thing left is this great photo
of Mr. Cray seated in front of serial #1 of the CDC 1604, taken circa 1961.