David S. H. Rosenthal

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David S. H. Rosenthal is a British-American computer scientist.


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.[1][2] In 1985 he joined Sun Microsystems, and developed the NeWS Network extensible Window System with Gosling and co-authored a book on it.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] He became chief scientist for the LOCKSS project, first at Sun and then since 2002 at Stanford University.[6] His research concerned computer data storage long-term protection techniques.[7]

He holds 23 patents.[6]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ James Gosling; David Rosenthal (1986). "A window manager for bitmapped displays and Unix". Proceedings of an Alvey Workshop on Methodology of window management (Springer-Verlag): 115–128. ISBN 3-540-16116-3. 
  3. ^ James Gosling; David S. H. Rosenthal; Michelle J. Arden (1989). The NeWS Book. Springer Verlag. pp. 34–36. ISBN 978-0-387-96915-2. 
  4. ^ U.S. Patent 5,073,933 X window security system, filed December 1, 1989, issued December 17, 1991.
  5. ^ "Biographical sketch: Dr. David S. H. Rosenthal, Distinguished Engineer". Oracle labs web site. Archived from the original on August 27, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "David S. H. Rosenthal". LOCKSS. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ David S. H. Rosenthal (October 2010). "Keeping Bits Safe: How Hard Can It Be?" (PDF). ACM Queue 8 (10): 10. doi:10.1145/1866296.1866298. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 

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