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The Father of the Internet, He Has an IQ of 190: Do You Know Philip Emeagwali?

The Father of the Internet, He Has an IQ of 190: Do You Know Philip Emeagwali?


By: Leticia Latrice

The man known to world as the father of the internet is a Nigerian computer scientist and mathematician  named Philip Emeagwali. Emeagwali has made so many significant contributions to the world of technology that he has received accolades all around the globe. In many countries he is called the Bill Gates of Africa.

This man is an engineer, mathematician and geologist who used the Connection Machine supercomputer to analyze petroleum fields. He left school at the age of 13 to be a part of the Nigerian-Biafran war. However that did not deter him from completing school through self-study and earning his degree in Mathematics. His achievements do not end here. He earned three Master’s degree in Mathematics, Environmental and Marine Engineering from various universities. When he appeared before the board to receive his PhD at the University of Michigan,  he was denied his degree. He sued the University on grounds of racial discrimination. Emeagwali has an IQ of 190 which is classified higher than a genius.  It is sad even though he is brilliant with a higher IQ than probably anyone at the University, but was denied his PhD. It goes to prove that you cannot let anyone else determine your worth.  That you can still make a significant contribution to the world even if you are not acknowledged by everyone.


Time magazine said “the Web owes much of its existence to Philip Emeagwali”- Time Magazine. He was ranked by number 1 by Google for “contribution to the development of the computer.”  As well as named the 35th Greatest African of all Time alongside the honorable Nelson Mandelia. So not having the letters “PhD” behind his name can never discredit the amazing things he has done for the world of technology.



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  1. Brother Prof . ( Doctor he passed his Ph.D. qualifying exam and submitted his thesis for which they very rarely will reject a thesis unless they your supervisors discover you’re smarter than they !!! ) Philip Emeagwali won the Gordon Bell prize for computing and yes his notion ( based on the mathematical theory of tessellation or tiling of a plane or sphere without overlap in strict mathematical sense ) of a hyper ball connecting computers does form the foundation of the internet as well as cloud computing !!! The Japanese honored him as such ; but wait family , guess what British engineer Tim Barners – Lee is credited with discovering the World Wide Web in 1989 at the same time that Emeagwalli proposed and demonstrated Hyper Ball computing and good ole’ white folks ain’t racist you keep believing that family !!!!!! Sir Tim got a cool million British pounds !!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Phillip Emeagwali is a genius and a very astute scholar and engineer. Like another fellow African, Dr. Sebi, they would not recognize his genius as the only doctor to cure AIDS, HIV, Diabetes, and other diseases. He too did not have PhD. He acquired a graduate certificate of healing. What’s the truth? Like Jesus Christ before them, pure genius of prophetic proportions. This should not be a surprise. As Christ said: : ” A prophet is never honored in his own country.” We cannot expect people to honor and respect our brilliance. So we must do it ourselves. Stop looking for validation from racists. Validate yourself through hard work, through results, through saving lives, and through doing GOD’s will.

    1. Great point why would you look for someone who doesn’t even respect you, to validate you? No one needs to validate you when you are doing what is right and helping others. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Unfortunately he did not win, but that really isn’t a surprise. Just because he was denied his PhD doesn’t discredit all the wonderful work he has done!


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