58 Years of Data

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 18:10
HSS 135
Don Chamberlin (IBM Research (retired))

Online data storage is the part of the computer revolution that has most directly affected our everyday lives. Most of the world's business data is now stored in electronic databases, and we expect all kinds of information to be available everywhere at any time. Yet magnetic disks, which made online storage possible, have been available for less than 60 years.

This talk traces the history of database management, from its roots in punched cards to today's relational and semi-structured data systems. It focuses on key ideas and people who have helped to shape the ways in which we store and process information.


Don Chamberlin is best known as co-inventor of the SQL and XQuery database languages. At IBM Research, Don contributed to the development of relational database technology, for which he received the ACM SIGMOD Innovations Award. Don received his Ph.D. at Stanford University.
He is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and a retired IBM Fellow.