Kwabena Boahen

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Kwabena Boahen

Kwabena Boahen was born in the year 1964 and is now 51. Kwabena was born and rasied in Ghana, Africa. He first learned about computers at the age of 16 when he recieved his first computer. Kwabena continued to find out about how they processed information. He then attended college. While attending Stanford he helped create the silicon retina. He worked at Philadelphia University in 1997. Boahen then created a computer chip that processes like a brain in 2005. He now is an associate proffessor at Stanford University and is currently working on the neurogrid project to create a model of the brain cortex.

Kwabena Boahen


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Boahen attended Johns Hopkins University in 1989 and recieved his bachelors and masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Boahen then attended California Institute of Technology where he recieved his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems. Boahen is an Associate Professor of bioengineering at Stanford University. He previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania.

When Boahen was young his family faced poverty. His dad was still in school when he was growing up and he did not come from a family with money which casued some issues. Kwabena has faced prejudices about the African American culture in science fields. With much help and support from family and peers he overcame these issues.


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Kwabena Boahen has paved the way for African Americans in the bioengineering field for sure. Kwabena has been a part of many scientific contributions including the silicon retina, a computer microchip and lastly a neurogrid. The silicon retina is an implant that can be surgically placed in the eye for people that are blind or are facing any type of disease that affects sight. The microchip is a self-organizing chip that allows the brain wires itself up and processes. Lastly, the neurogrid is his latest project; it is a circuit board which is a model of how the brain processes information. Eventually he hopes to make a model of the brain cortex, and be able to help people with prosthetic limbs. In conclusion, Kwabena has had a big effect on the 21st century due to two of his works being published in the last 10 years.



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