Holmes Hall is named for Irwin Holmes, one of the first Black undergraduates at NC State University, and the first Black graduate at the university, earning a degree in electrical engineering in 1960. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference’s first Black athlete, first Black varsity letter winner, and first Black co-captain of a varsity team.
Irwin Holmes had a distinguished career as an engineer, working with teams that designed the first color television, a computer guidance system for a military tank, the airline reservation system for TWA, and computer guidance systems used to put the first American in space. He retired from IBM in 1988.
- NC State Library Interview with Irwin Holmes
- NC State News Holmes Hall Honors Groundbreaking Graduate, Athlete
- Electrical and Computer Engineering Where His Career Began
- History of the building NC State Facilities Division
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