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Eric Brewer (computer scientist)

Eric A. Brewer is the main inventor of a wireless networking scheme called WiLDNet which promises to bring low-cost connectivity to rural areas of the developing world. He was made a tenured professor at UC Berkeley. In 1996, Brewer co-founded Inktomi Corporation. He is known for formulating the CAP Theorem about distributed network applications.[1] He is currently on a sabbatical at Google.[2]


Brewer received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from UC Berkeley where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.[3] Later he earned an MS and PhD in EECS from MIT.


In 1999, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[4]

Brewer is the 2009 recipient[5] of the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences[6] "for his contributions to the design and development of highly scalable Internet services."

In 2007, Brewer was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery "for the design of scalable, reliable internet services."[7][8] That same year, he was also inducted into the National Academy of Engineering "for the design of highly scalable internet services."[9]


External links

  • UC Berkeley website
  • More about the CAP Theorem
  • Interview with Stephen Ibaraki

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