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Q&A: The Path to Clean Data

2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award Recipient Michael Stonebraker

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A serial entrepreneur long before the term became commonplace—and a data geek before the age of big data—ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Michael Stonebraker pioneered techniques that were not just crucial to making relational databases a reality, but that continue to be used in almost all modern systems. Stonebraker spent the first 30 years of his career at the University of California at Berkeley, where he helped develop the still-popular Ingres relational database management system (DBMS) and the object-relational DBMS PostgreSQL (or Postgres). Since 2001, he has served as an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), while forming a total of six start-ups in 14 years around innovations like stream processing and column stores. Here, he looks back at a few career highlights and forward to the future of database systems.

You graduated from Princeton in 1965 and have said that you only went to graduate school to avoid being sent to Vietnam.


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Michael Stonebraker, 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award Recipient.