Seymour Cray

By: Blake Tillerson

Cray's Early Days

Seymour Cray was born on September 28th 1925 in Chippewa Falls, WI. Cray showed incredible signs of brilliance at as early as age 10! When he was ten, Cray build a machine from an Erector Set that could turn punched paper into Morse Code. Cray later graduated from the University of Minnesota. Growing up, Cray's father was a civil engineer which inspired Cray to do what he would do over the years to follow.

Pearl Harbor and World War II

During the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, which started WWII, Seymour Cray was an Electrical Engineer and a Supercomputer Architect. Cray helped with cracking Japanese codes and languages during the course of the war. Cray also helped to design some of the technology for the U.S. Navy during the war.

Bombing of Pearl Harbor

Sunday, Dec. 7th 1941 at 9pm

Pearl Harbor, HI, United States

Pearl Harbor, HI

The Computer Days

Cray was known as the "founding father of computers" because at the time he had build some of the fastest computers in the world! Cray was always working to advance technology, he said "As long as we can make them smaller, we can make them faster." Cray received the Eckert- Mauchly Award for his contribution to the technology field. Cray later started The Cray Computer Corporation in 1972. Without Cray's supercomputers, the world might not have the kind of technology that we have today.

Personal Life

Seymour Cray had 2 wives throughout his life and had many sons, daughters, and grandchildren. He spent his older life living in Wisconsin. Cray's life was sadly cut short on October 5th, 1996 when he was in an automobile accident in Colorado Springs near the air force academy. Cray was rushed to the hospital where he died moments later.