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 CDC 6600, at the University of Minnesota Computer Center in 1967. Mr. Cray passed away on October 5, 1996, and his loss is mourned by many: 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.