During his keynote address at the Super-computing ‘96 Conference, Charles Breck-enridge had this to say about Seymour Cray: “It is fitting that we pay tribute today to Seymour Cray, the individual who created the industry that led to the formation of this conference and the individual who has been, for the last 40 years, the acknowledged leader of the high-performance computer industry, and the individual whose name is synonymous with high-performance computing.” Seymour Cray was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in 1925. He graduated from high school in 1943 and served in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II. He received his B.S. in Elec-trical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1950 and his M.S. in Applied Mathematics the next year. Cray went to work for Engineering Research Asso-ciates (ERA), a year-old digital circuit company housed in an old glider factory. He spent time researching computers, listening to lecturers from scholars such as von Neumann, and participating in a
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