Alan Emtage: The Codefather from Barbados

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code._plugin122Georgia Popplewell (Caribbean Beat) writes about Barbadian Alan Emtage, calling him The Codefather because he is the computer scientist who wrote the piece of code that gave birth to Internet search. Here are excerpts, with a link to the full article below:

“I wrote a piece of code that gave birth to a multi-billion dollar industry. I didn’t make any money off of it, but I wouldn’t change anything.” Uttered by a man with a Barbadian accent, those were the opening lines of the Huffington Post video released last April that introduced many in the Caribbean to Alan Emtage, the forty-eight-year-old computer scientist who did indeed write the piece of code that gave birth to a multi-billion-dollar industry called Internet search. Whenever we use a search engine such as Google, we’re referencing the work of Emtage, who, in spite of only just being discovered by his home…

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