Stanley Zdonik

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Stanley Zdonik
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Known forEncore-Ob/Server, C-Store, Aurora/Borealis, H-Store
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsBrown University
Doctoral advisorMichael Hammer

Stanley Zdonik (/zəˈdɒnɪk/ zə-DON-ik[1]) is a computer scientist specializing in database management systems. He is a tenured professor of computer science at Brown University. Zdonik has lived in the Boston area his entire life. After completing two bachelor’s and two master's degrees at MIT, he then earned a PhD in database management under Michael Hammer.[2]

In the mid-seventies, Zdonik worked on the Prophet data management system for pharmacologists at Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc. After becoming a professor at Brown University during the early 1980s, Zdonik became a leading researcher in object-oriented databases.[3] He has over one hundred peer-reviewed papers in the database field[4] and was named an ACM Fellow in 2006.[5] He has been involved in the development of several notable database projects with other researchers, including Michael Stonebraker and Sam Madden. These projects include the Aurora and Borealis stream processing engines, the C-Store column store database, and the H-Store parallel, main memory OLTP system. He has also served as a member of the VLDB Board of Trustees [6] and has been the general chair for several major database conferences.

Outside of academia, Zdonik is a co-founder for both the StreamBase and Vertica companies, as well as being a technical advisor for Attivio. Episode 2035 of Car Talk (approximately 35m) refers to his stint as an instructor in novice automobile maintenance.


Zdonik has received a number of non-honorary degrees during his career, all from MIT.[7]

  • Ph.D., Computer Science, June 1983. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Computer Science, 1980. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, 1980. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Computer Science, 1970. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1970. Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  1. ^ "3 - John Savage 50th - Larry Harper "The Complexity of Complexity"". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  2. ^ Stanley Zdonik at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Zdonik, Stanley B; David Maier (1990). Readings in object-oriented database systems. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc. ISBN 1-558-60000-0.
  4. ^ Stanley B. Zdonik at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ "ACM Fellows - 2006". 2006. Retrieved November 24, 2001.
  6. ^ "VLDB Endowment Board of Trustees" (PDF). 2007. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
  7. ^ "Brown University Researcher Profile". 2005. Retrieved January 30, 2009.

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