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Two Minnesotans to be honored at upcoming Tekne Awards

John Rollwagen and Ernst R. G. Eckert will be inducted into the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame


During November's Tekne Awards, John Rollwagen and Ernst R. G. Eckert will be recognized for the their contributions to Minnesota's technology industry and become the newest members of the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame.

In a statement, the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA), said that Rollwagen is best known for his work in building Cray Research-a supercomputer company that today employees 5,000 people worldwide.

Eckert will be honored posthumously for his early contributions to the development of jet engines and work to increase rocket efficiency. He also provided "breakthrough contributions to the fundamental understanding of heat transfer," according to the statement.

"We're thrilled to welcome two new highly-regarded leaders of science and industry into the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame," Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of MHTA, said in the statement. "Their stories inspire us with their creativity, innovation and enterprising spirit. It's an honor to be able to celebrate the best and brightest minds that have forged the path that has led Minnesota to our current position as a global science and technology leader."

Photo of Eckert (left) and Rollwagen with Cray founder Seymour Cray (far right) via Computerhistory.org

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