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Seymour R. Cray
(28 Sep 1925 - 5 Oct 1996)

American electronics engineer.


Science Quotes by Seymour R. Cray (4 quotes)

I talk to myself through the computer. I ask myself questions, leave things to be looked at again, things that you would do with a notepad. It turns out today that it’s much better today to do with a personal computer rather than a notepad.
— Seymour R. Cray
In transcript of a video history interview with Seymour Cray by David K. Allison at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, (9 May 1995), 30.

If you were plowing a field, which would you rather use? Two strong oxen or 1024 chickens?
[Comparing the power of supercomputers versus parallel computing.]
— Seymour R. Cray
Attributed. Seen as a quote in several books, but without citation. For example, in Craig Larman, Applying UML and Patterns (2002), 475. If you know a primary source, please contact webmaster.
Science quotes on:  |  Field (171)  |  Oxen (3)  |  Plow (6)

I’m supposed to be a scientific person but I use intuition more than logic in making basic decisions.
— Seymour R. Cray
In transcript of a video history interview with Seymour Cray by David K. Allison at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, (9 May 1995), 30.
Science quotes on:  |  Decision (72)  |  Intuition (57)  |  Logic (260)  |  Scientist (522)

One of my guiding principles is don’t do anything that other people are doing. Always do something a little different if you can. The concept is that if you do it a little differently there is a greater potential for reward than if you the same thing that other people are doing. I think that this kind of goal for one’s work, having obviously the maximum risk, would have the maximum reward no matter what the field may be.
— Seymour R. Cray
In transcript of a video history interview with Seymour Cray by David K. Allison at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, (9 May 1995), 29.
Science quotes on:  |  Concept (146)  |  Difference (246)  |  Doing (36)  |  Field (171)  |  Goal (100)  |  Greater (42)  |  Guide (65)  |  Potential (39)  |  Principle (292)  |  Reward (49)  |  Risk (36)  |  Same (156)  |  Work (635)


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  • 28 Sep - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Cray's birth.
  • The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards behind the Supercomputer, by Charles J. Murray. - book suggestion.

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