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.
A true visionary pioneer in the computer field was
responsible for the design of several of the world's fastest computers at
that time; he always advocated that "simplicity was the key to speed."
His noteworthy engineering successes include the first computer I ever programmed,
the CDC 6600,
at the University of Minnesota Computer Center in 1967. Mr. Cray
died on October 5th, 1996,
and his loss is mourned by many:
The Charles Babbage Institute used to
have a wonderful virtual exhibit about Seymour Cray, but unfortunately it's
been removed and the current museum archivists don't know what happened to
the files (very unfortunate!). About the only thing left is this
of Mr. Cray seated in front of serial #1 of the CDC 1604, taken circa 1961.
If you know of original material that can contribute to this exposé,
please contact me at tef [at] cgl.ucsf.edu.