Eric Brewer (scientist)

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Eric Allen Brewer is the main inventor of a wireless networking scheme called WiLDNet which promises to bring low-cost connectivity to rural areas of the developing world. He was made a tenured professor at UC Berkeley. In 1996, Brewer co-founded Inktomi Corporation. He is known for formulating the CAP Theorem about distributed network applications.[1] He is currently on a sabbatical at Google.[2]


Brewer received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from UC Berkeley where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.[3] Later he earned an MS and PhD in EECS from MIT.


In 1999, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[4]

Brewer is the 2009 recipient[5] of the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences[6] "for his contributions to the design and development of highly scalable Internet services."

In 2007, Brewer was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery "for the design of scalable, reliable internet services."[7][8] That same year, he was also inducted into the National Academy of Engineering "for the design of highly scalable internet services."[9]

In 2013, the ETH Zurich honored him with the title Dr. sc. tech. (honoris causa).


  1. ^ "Lessons from Internet Services: ACID vs. BASE". Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  2. ^!/eric_brewer/status/68051541063503872
  3. ^ Membership Directory, 2010, Pi Lambda Phi Inc.
  4. ^ "1999 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 1999. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
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  6. ^ "List of recipients of the ACM-InfoSys Foundation Award". ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery). Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "ACM Fellows". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  8. ^ "Eric A. Brewer". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  9. ^ "Dr. Eric A. Brewer". National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 2008-01-21. [dead link]

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