• 1944 February 05
    (b.) - ?


An American computer scientist and IBM Fellow, best known for his work on relational database management systems (RDBMS). He led the architecture and design of DB2, one of the first commercial RDBMS, which led to his moniker "Father of DB2". DB2 debuted on IBM's mainframe system MVS in 1983 and validated the applicability of relational databases for high performance transaction processing. With DB2 enterprises store, retrieve, and analyze their business transaction data. In the IEEE Computer Society publication that he co-authored with Cynthia M. Saracco, IBM, entitled, ?The History and Growth of IBM's DB2?, he describes the early technology hurdles, the shift from a monolithic architecture to a distributed architecture portable across many operating systems (Unix, Windows, OS/2, and others) and the technology collaborations with IBM Research. DB2 is used in most enterprises around the world. He was appointed IBM Fellow in 1989 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008. Before his retirement from IBM in 2005, he was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Information Management. He is also a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (2000). On February 23, 2008, he joined Boardwalktech (company) as a Technology Advisor, which provides enterprise spreadsheet data management solutions which enable cell-level collaboration for spreadsheet-based processes across the extended enterprise. In November 2010, he joined Aerospike, a company working on a NoSQL Database called Aerospike database as Technology advisor. This relationship was formally announced in August 2012. On March 26, 2013, he joined ParStream as a Technology Advisor. ParStream is a company working on a real-time SQL columnar Database for big data analytics called ParStream database. He was born and raised in San Francisco, California and studied at Archbishop Riordan High School. He received a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California Berkeley in 1967. He worked at the Port of New York Authority in New York, New York for a year and then joined IBM in San Jose, California as a computer programmer in 1968. He was appointed IBM Fellow in 1989 and Chief Technology Officer for Database Management in 1991. He retired in 2005.
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    1944 February 05
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    Leader of the architecture and design of DB2, one of the first commercial RDBMSs, which led to his moniker “Father of DB2”
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