Joel Birnbaum, CTO HP
It seems impossible to exaggerate the effect he had on the industry; many of the things that high performance computers now do routinely were at the furthest edge of credibility when Seymour envisioned them.
I have had the opportunity to work with several of his very talented proteges who went on to other companies, and his considerable legacy as a teacher and mentor has also had a far-reaching effect.
Seymour combined modesty, dedication, and brilliance with vision and an entrepreneurial spirit in a way that places him high in the pantheon of great inventors in any field. He ranks up there with Edison and Bell of creating an industry