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A Legend Goes Missing

Microsoft research fellow Jim Gray has been a major player in the area of database development and transaction processing. A Turing Award winner who helped create many of the foundation technologies at the heart of modern database and transaction processing systems, Gray founded and managed the Microsoft Bay Area Research Center.

Now it appears that Jim Gray, 63, may have been lost at sea during a solo day trip he took from a San Francisco marina on Sunday morning.

Gray was last heard from at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, when he made a cell phone call from his 40-foot yacht "Tenacious" to tell a family member that he was passing out of service range. Gray's wife reported him missing at 8:30 p.m. Sunday evening, after Gray failed to return from his trip.

California Coast Guard units have been searching the area off the Farallon Islands, 27 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge, without success.

Gray joined Microsoft in 1995 and holds a Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. An expert in the area of database and transaction processing systems, Gray worked at Digital, Tandem, IBM and AT&T before joining Microsoft. You can learn more about Jim Gray, his fields of research and interests here.

Jim Gray's efforts recently earned coverage in Redmond Developer News. The December cover story, "The Science of Software," explores some of the exciting research that has come out of Gray's group in Microsoft.

Posted by Michael Desmond on 01/31/2007

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