D. Richard Hipp

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D. Richard Hipp
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Hipp in 2008
Dwayne Richard Hipp

(1961-04-09) April 9, 1961 (age 61)
Known forSQLite, Fossil, Lemon
Ginger G. Wyrick
(m. 1994)
AwardsGoogle-O'Reilly Open Source Award

Dwayne Richard Hipp (born April 9, 1961) is a software developer and the primary author of SQLite as well as the Fossil SCM.[1][2] He also authored the Lemon parser generator, and CVSTrac; the latter became the inspiration for Trac. He was also a member of the Tcl core team.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Hipp was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 9, 1961 but grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Stone Mountain High School in 1979 and enrolled at Georgia Tech. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 with Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.[4]

After graduating from Georgia Tech, Hipp worked at AT&T for three years before returning to graduate school at Duke University to study under Alan W. Biermann in the Department of Computer Science. He took the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Duke in 1992 and finding the academic market for PhDs saturated with what he believed to be better qualified candidates, started his own software development consulting company.[5] He designed SQLite in the spring of 2000 while working for General Dynamics on contract with the United States Navy.[2]

He married Ginger G. Wyrick on April 16, 1994, changed the name of his company to Hipp, Wyrick & Company, Inc - abbreviated as Hwaci (pronounced /ˈhwɑː/)[6] - and signed all stock over to Wyrick.[5] He and his wife moved to their present home in Charlotte, North Carolina in August 1995.


  1. ^ Anderson, Tim (2007-06-21). "Size isn't everything for the modest creator of SQLite". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2021-10-24. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  2. ^ a b Allen, Grant; Owens, Mike (2011). The Definitive Guide to SQLite. Apress. ISBN 9781430232261.
  3. ^ Kenny, Kevin (16 December 2008). "TCL CORE TEAM ANNOUNCES: Harrison, Hopp, Ingham, Welch leave Tcl Core Team". tcl-core (Mailing list). Archived from the original on 2021-10-24.
  4. ^ "O'Reilly Open Source Convention 2004 - Speaker". O'Reilly. 2004. Archived from the original on 2021-10-24.
  5. ^ a b "#201: SQLite with Richard Hipp - The Changelog". The Changelog. 2016-04-29. Archived from the original on 2021-10-24. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  6. ^ "How Do You Say "Hwaci"?".

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