TIME magazine called him

“the unsung hero behind the Internet.” CNN called him “A Father of the Internet.”

President Bill Clinton called him “one of the great minds of the Information

Age.” He has been voted history’s greatest scientist

of African descent. He is Philip Emeagwali.

He is coming to Trinidad and Tobago to launch the 2008 Kwame Ture lecture series

on Sunday June 8 at the JFK [John F. Kennedy] auditorium

UWI [The University of the West Indies] Saint Augustine 5 p.m.

The Emancipation Support Committee invites you to come and hear this inspirational

mind address the theme:

“Crossing New Frontiers to Conquer Today’s Challenges.”

This lecture is one you cannot afford to miss. Admission is free.

So be there on Sunday June 8 5 p.m.

at the JFK auditorium UWI St. Augustine. [Wild applause and cheering for 22 seconds] [Philip Emeagwali | Diary of an Engineer] Eleven out of ten people

did not understand how I invented

the precursor to the modern supercomputer. It was not I—Philip Emeagwali—

that first reported my invention

of the massively parallel processing supercomputer that computes faster than

any vector processing supercomputer. My experimental discovery

of how to parallel process an initial-boundary value problem

of calculus and physics —called extreme-scale

petroleum reservoir simulation— occurred on the Fourth of July 1989.

That experimental discovery of massively parallel processing

was first reported by The Computer Society of the IEEE.

The IEEE is the acronym for the Institute

of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The contributions

to computational mathematics that arose from my experimental discovery

of the parallel processing supercomputer was reported in the May 1990 issue

of the SIAM News. The SIAM News

is written by research mathematicians for research mathematicians.

The SIAM News is the flagship publication of SIAM,

the acronym for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

However, my new mathematical knowledge that the SIAM News described

as my mathematical contributions to computational mathematics

was how the SIAM News understood my mathematical discovery

of nine new partial differential equations of modern calculus

and understood my mathematical invention of the companion

nine new partial difference equations of extreme-scale algebra

that approximated my nine new partial differential equations.

What the SIAM News understood as my contributions

to computational mathematics was not how I understood my invention.

A discovery is like the moon that has two parts:

the visible part and the hidden part.

In 1989, the news media was reporting

the concrete and the visible part of my experimental discovery

of the massively parallel processing supercomputer

and was ignoring the abstract and the invisible part

of that discovery that occurred on the Fourth of July 1989. [Diary of a Black Cowboy Physicist] Back in 1977,

I worked in the civil engineering field of highway construction.

I did so for the State of Maryland and I helped expand portions

of the federal highway between Baltimore (Maryland)

and Washington, D.C. Nine years later, I worked

for the United States government. I worked as an engineering physicist

that was responsible for updating nine Standard Operating Procedures.

I used each Standard Operating Procedure to safely operate each dam

and I used the procedure to safely control the water level of the reservoir that is

upstream of the dam and I used the procedure to operate

the hydroelectric powerplant within the dam.

All the nine dams that I worked on were located within the state of Wyoming.

Wyoming is a state in the western region

of the United States. Wyoming

is defined by vast plains and by the Rocky Mountains.

Wyoming is best known for epic Cowboy

and western movies and for its Yellowstone National Park.

One of those nine dams that I operated

was the imposing 214-feet high Pathfinder Dam.

Pathfinder was an arch dam that was a triumph

of early 20th century design. Water cascaded from

the mid-level outlet tunnel of the Pathfinder Dam.

The Pathfinder Dam on the North Platte river of arid Wyoming

is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The North Platte is a river that rises in the snowmelt

of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The nine reservoirs in the state of Wyoming

that I operated stored water that served

the parched farm lands of Wyoming. Glendo Dam in the state of Wyoming

is an earth fill dam that is 190 feet high.

Glendo Dam has a crest length of 2,096 feet.

As a practicing engineering physicist at the Glendo Dam,

I visualized the total amount of water that I controlled as follows:

I had 800,000 acre feet of water stored upstream of Glendo Dam.

One acre foot of water covers an acre of land

to a depth of one foot. The term “SOP”

is the United States Bureau of Reclamation’s acronym

for its Standard Operating Procedure. In my SOP for Glendo Dam,

the water storage capacity and the water redistribution

is divided as follows: 100,000 acre feet

for farmland irrigation; 115,000 acre feet

to control sediment deposition; 275,000 acre feet

for controlling floods and avoiding dam break;

and 310,000 acre feet for producing hydroelectric power.

Those engineering experiences aside, I was primarily a research engineer,

not a practicing engineer. The difference is this:

the practicing engineer likes to solve problems

that are considered solveable while the research engineer attempts to solve

the toughest problems that were considered unsolveable. [Wild applause and cheering for 17 seconds] Insightful and brilliant lecture