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Cray, Seymour (28 September 1925–05 October 1996), electrical and computer engineer, was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the son of Seymour Cray, a civil engineer, and Lillian Cray. Influenced by his father, Cray became interested in technology at an early age, building a variety of electronic gadgets before he reached his teens. In high school he won the school's science prize for his work in chemistry. Immediately after graduation in 1943, Cray joined the army and went to Europe and the Philippines to operate radio communications equipment during World War II. A year after his discharge he returned to Chippewa Falls and in 1947 he married Verene Vole; they would have three children....

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Stibitz, George Robert (30 Apr. 1904–31 Jan. 1995), engineer and pioneer of computing, was born to George and Mildred Murphy Stibitz in York, Pennsylvania. His father, a professor of ancient languages and the Old Testament, took a position at what became the United Theological Seminary and moved the family to Dayton, Ohio. In Dayton Stibitz enrolled in the progressive Moraine Park School, whose founders included ...