David S. H. Rosenthal

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David Rosenthal
David S. H. Rosenthal, 10 September 2018
Born1948 (age 75–76)
NationalityBritish, American

David Stuart Holmes Rosenthal (born 1948 in Cambridge, United Kingdom) is a British-American computer scientist.


Rosenthal is the son of Michael David Holmes Rosenthal and Marjorie Mary "Molly" Rosenthal (both deceased).[1] His brother Mark Geoffrey Thomas Rosenthal ran to be a member of the UK Parliament for Ynys Môn in 2015.

Rosenthal received an MA degree from Trinity College, Cambridge, England, and a PhD from Imperial College, London. In the 1980s he worked on the Andrew Project at Carnegie Mellon University with James Gosling.[2][3] In 1985 he joined Sun Microsystems, and developed the NeWS Network extensible Window System with Gosling and co-authored a book on it.[4] He developed the Inter-Client Communication Conventions Manual (ICCCM) for the X Window System in 1988, and was issued a patent on a security system for X.[5] In 1993 he became employee #4 and chief scientist at Nvidia, and then joined Vitria Technology in 1996. In 1999 he rejoined Sun and was a distinguished engineer.[6] He became chief scientist for the LOCKSS project, first at Sun and then since 2002 at Stanford University.[7] His research concerned computer data storage long-term protection techniques.[8]

He holds 23 patents.[7]


  1. ^ "Rosenthal: Obituary". BMDs Online. Daily Post. Trinity Mirror. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  2. ^ James H. Morris; Mahdev Satyanarayanan; Michael H. Conner; John H. Howard; David S.H. Rosenthal; F. Donelson Smith (March 1986). "Andrew, a Distributed Computing Environment" (PDF). Communications of the ACM. 29 (3): 184–201. doi:10.1145/5666.5671. S2CID 18599806. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-25.
  3. ^ James Gosling; David Rosenthal (1986). A window manager for bitmapped displays and Unix. Proceedings of an Alvey Workshop on Methodology of window management. Cosener's House, Abingdon United Kingdom: Springer-Verlag. pp. 115–128. ISBN 3-540-16116-3.
  4. ^ James Gosling; David S. H. Rosenthal; Michelle J. Arden (1989). The NeWS Book. Springer Verlag. pp. 34–36. ISBN 978-0-387-96915-2.
  5. ^ U.S. patent 5,073,933 X window security system, filed December 1, 1989, issued December 17, 1991.
  6. ^ "Biographical sketch: Dr. David S. H. Rosenthal, Distinguished Engineer". Oracle labs web site. Archived from the original on January 27, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "David S. H. Rosenthal". LOCKSS. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  8. ^ David S. H. Rosenthal (October 2010). "Keeping Bits Safe: How Hard Can It Be?". ACM Queue. 8 (10): 10. doi:10.1145/1866296.1866298.

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