Pearls of Computation: Björn Þór Jónsson

Michael Stonebraker: Missionary Man

  • 25.11.2016, 12:15 - 13:00


Date and time: Friday, 25 November 2016, from 12:15 till 13:00
Place: M102
Title: Michael Stonebraker: Missionary Man

Speaker: Björn Þór Jónsson (Reykjavík University)

Mike Stonebraker received the Turing award in 2014 to "fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems.”  He was a leader in the first wave of relational system implementation at UC Berkeley in the early 1970s, and has since been practically a one-man wave-tank in the database community, contributing to the rise and development of various database management technologies, such as object-relational systems (Postgres), data warehousing (Vertica), data streams (StreamBase), and high-throughput transaction processing (VoltDB). He is particularly notable for being the only serial entrepreneur among Turing award winners, which has given him a unique perspective on the academic world, and indeed supplied us with many interesting quotes! In this talk we will look at his career and its impact, and indeed some of those quotes.

This talk is a part of the Pearls of Computation Lecture Series given by the School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University, which profiles the life and work of outstanding computer scientists that have shaped their respective fields of study. See for further details on this public seminar series.