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Michael Stonebraker is a pioneer of data base research and technology. He joined the University of California, Berkeley, as an assistant professor in 1971, and taught in the computer science and EECS departments for twenty-nine years. While at Berkeley, he developed prototypes for the INGRES relational data management system (DBMS), the object-relational DBMS, POSTGRES, and the federated data system, Mariposa. He is the founder of three successful Silicon Valley startups, whose objective was to commercialize these prototypes. Professor Stonebraker is the author of scores of research papers on data base technology, operating systems and the architecture of system software services. He was awarded the prestigious ACM System Software Award in 1992, for his work on INGRES. Additionally, he was awarded the first annual Innovation award by the ACM SIGMOD special interest group in 1994, and has been recognized by Computer Reseller News as one of the top five software developers of the century. Moreover, Forbes magazine named him one of the 8 innovators driving the Silicon Valley wealth explosion during their 80th anniversary edition in 1998. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998 and is presently an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at M.I.T.


  • 1971, Ph.D., Computer, Information and Control Engineering, University of Michigan
  • 1966, M.S.E., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • 1965, B.S.E., Electrical Engineering, Princeton

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