Seymour Cray dies 5 October 1996

NEWSFLASH                                                             HPCwire

  Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Supercomputer pioneer Seymour Cray was
critically injured in a traffic accident Sunday afternoon on Interstate
Hwy. 25 near the Air Force Academy in Colorado.

  Cray, 70, who started Eagan-based Cray Research Inc., was reported to be in
critical and unstable condition at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs
Sunday night, following surgery for massive head injuries. According to press
reports, Cray suffered a broken neck and underwent surgery for swelling of
the brain.

  Three cars carrying 10 people were involved in the accident but only Cray
was injured, said Sgt. Rob Wilson of the Colorado State Patrol. Wilson said
Cray was driving a 1995 Jeep Cherokee and had just entered I-25 southbound
when the accident took place.

  Another car following Cray's vehicle, pulled out to pass Cray and clipped
a third car. Cray's vehicle went out of control and rolled three times,
police said. Cray was alone in his car.

  "It was one of those things where Mr. Cray was in the wrong place at the
wrong time," Wilson said. Daniel Rarick, 33, of Colorado Springs, was cited
for careless driving causing serious bodily injury, Wilson said.

  Last summer, Cray started a Colorado Springs-based company called SRC
Computers Inc. "We think we'll build computers, but who knows what kind or
how," Cray said at the time. "We'll talk it over and see if we can come up
with a plan."

  Cray has been a charismatic yet somewhat reclusive figure. He began Cray
Research in Minnesota in 1972. In 1988, Cray moved his Cray-3 project to
Colorado Springs. The next year, Cray Research spun it off to create Cray
Computer. In 1989, Cray left Cray Research and started Cray Computer Corp. in
Colorado Springs. His quest to build a faster computer using new-generation
materials failed last year, and his bankruptcy cost half a billion dollars
and more than 400 jobs. The company was unable to raise $20 million needed to
finish the Cray-4 and filed for bankruptcy in March 1995.

SEYMOUR CRAY DIES                                                    10.05.96
NEWSFLASH                                                             HPCwire

  Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Seymour Cray, 70, died Saturday at 2:53 AM in
Penrose Hospital from injuries he sustained Sept. 23 as a result of a
multiple-car accident. A hospital spokesperson listed complications from
massive head injuries as the cause of death. Cray founded supercomputer-maker
Cray Research Inc in 1972.

  A native of Chippewa Falls, Wis., Cray earned his bachelor's degree in
electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1950. His
professional career began with UNIVAC I. In 1957, he was one of the founders
of Control Data Corp.
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