SEYMOUR CRAY IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER AUTO ACCIDENT 09.23.96 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.(apologies to HPCwire; For a free trial subscription, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org).