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Héctor García-Molina

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Héctor García-Molina
García-Molina (2011)
Born26 November 1954 (1954)
Died25 November 2019 (aged 64–65)
EducationMonterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (BS) Stanford University (MS, PhD)
Known forDistributed databases
AwardsACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award (1999)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsStanford University
Doctoral advisorGio Wiederhold[1]
Doctoral studentsRobert Abbott, Sergey Brin, Neil Daswani, Boris Kogan, Narayanan Shivakumar

Héctor García-Molina (26 November 1954 – 25 November 2019[2][3]) was a Mexican-American computer scientist and Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He was the advisor to Google co-founder Sergey Brin from 1993 to 1997 when Brin was a computer science student at Stanford.


Born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, García-Molina graduated in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Studies (ITESM) and received both a master's degree in Electrical Engineering (1975) and a doctorate in Computer Science (1979) from Stanford University.

From 1979 to 1991, García-Molina worked as a professor of the Computer Science Department at Princeton University in New Jersey. In 1992 he joined the faculty of Stanford University as the Leonard Bosack and Sandra Lerner Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and has served as Director of the Computer Systems Laboratory (August 1994 – December 1997) and as chairman of the Computer Science Department from (January 2001 – December 2004).[4] During 1994–1998, he was Principal Investigator for the Stanford Digital Library Project,[5] the project from which the Google search engine emerged.

García-Molina served at the U.S. President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and was a member of Oracle Corporation's Board of Directors beginning in October 2001 until his death.[4]

García-Molina was also a Fellow member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He was a Venture Advisor for Diamondhead Ventures and ONSET Ventures. In 1999 he was laureated with the ACM SIGMOD Innovations Award.[6]

García-Molina died of cancer on the eve of his 66th birthday.[7]


  • (2010) VLDB 10-year Best Paper Award[8] for the paper entitled "The Evolution of the Web and Implications for an Incremental Crawler"[9] in VLDB 2000.
  • (2009) SIGMOD Best Demo Award[10] for the demo entitled "CourseRank: A Social System for Course Planning".[11]
  • (2007) ICDE Influential Paper Award[12] for the paper entitled "Disk Striping"[13] in ICDE 1986. This early paper on disk striping significantly influenced subsequent work on RAID storage.
  • (2007) Honorary doctorate from ETH Zurich for outstanding work in computer science.[14]


  1. ^ "Gio Wiederhold's Website at Stanford University". Retrieved 2006-11-29.
  2. ^ González, Marlene (25 November 2019). "Héctor García-Molina (1954-2019): legado de sabiduría y trascendencia]". Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Hector Garcia-Molina, influential computer scientist and database expert, dies at 65". Stanford University. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b Oracle Corporation. "Oracle Board of Directors: Hector Garcia-Molina". Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
  5. ^ National Science Foundation. "The Stanford Integrated Digital Library Project". Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  6. ^ ACM SIGMOD. "SIGMOD Awards". Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
  7. ^ University, Stanford (2019-12-06). "Hector Garcia-Molina, influential database expert, dies at 65". Stanford News. Retrieved 2022-02-21.
  8. ^ VLDB 2010. "Proceedings: Awards". Retrieved 2011-07-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Junghoo Cho; Hector Garcia-Molina (2000). The Evolution of the Web and Implications for an Incremental Crawler. VLDB. Cairo, Egypt. pp. 200–209.
  10. ^ Stanford InfoLab. "CourseRank". Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  11. ^ B. Bercovitz; F. Kaliszan; G. Koutrika; H. Liou; Z. Mohammadi Zadeh; H. Garcia-Molina (2009). CourseRank: A Social System for Course Planning. ACM SIGMOD. Providence, Rhode Island, US. pp. 1107–1110.
  12. ^ IEEE Technical Committee on Data Engineering. "ICDE Influential Paper Awards". Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  13. ^ Kenneth Salem; Hector Garcia-Molina (1986). Disk Striping. IEEE ICDE. Los Angeles, California, US. pp. 336–342.
  14. ^ Swiss Institute of Technology Zurich. "Ehrungen und Preise am ETH-Tag 2007" (in German). Retrieved 2008-03-10.

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