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Robert Miner

Bob Miner
Bob Miner
Born Robert Nimrod Miner
(1941-12-23)December 23, 1941
Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
Died November 11, 1994(1994-11-11) (aged 52)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Co-founder of Oracle Corporation
Children 3

Robert Nimrod "Bob" Miner (December 23, 1941 – November 11, 1994) was an American businessman. He was the co-founder of Oracle Corporation and the producer of Oracle's relational database management system.[1]

From 1977 until 1992, Bob Miner led product design and development for the Oracle relational database management system. In Dec., 1992, he left that role and spun off a small, advanced technology group within Oracle. He was an Oracle board member until Oct., 1993.[2]

Early life

Bob Miner was born in Cicero, Illinois to an Assyrian family. Both parents came from Ada, a village in the northwest of Iran.[3] Bob Miner graduated in 1963 with a degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


In 1977 Bob Miner met Larry Ellison at Ampex, where he was Larry's supervisor. Bob Miner left Ampex soon thereafter to found a company called Software Development Laboratories with Ed Oates and Bruce Scott, with Larry Ellison joining the company several months later. It was at this time that Ed Oates[4] introduced Miner and Ellison to a paper by E. F. Codd on the relational model for database management. IBM was slow to see the commercial value of Codd's relational database management system (RDBMS), allowing Miner and Ellison to beat them to the market.[5]

In the start-up days of Oracle Bob Miner was the lead engineer, programming the majority of Oracle Version 3 by himself.[6] As head of engineering Bob Miner's management style was in stark contrast to Larry Ellison, who cultivated Oracle's hard-driving sales culture. Although he expected his engineers to produce, he did not agree with the demands laid upon them by Ellison. He thought it was wrong for people to work extremely late hours and that they should have the chance to see their families. According to Ellison, Miner was "loyal to the people before the company."[7]

Personal life

Bob Miner was diagnosed in 1993 with pleural mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. He died on Friday, 11 November 1994 at the age of 52, surrounded by family. He had three children. His daughter Nicola Miner is the wife of novelist Robert Mailer Anderson. The SFJAZZ Center's auditorium is named after Miner.

See also


Further reading

  • Symonds, Matthew, 2003. Softwar: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle. Simon & Schuster. With commentary by Ellison.
  • The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison: Inside Oracle Corporation and Symonds (2003).
  • Larry Ellison: Database Genius of Oracle. Craig Peters
  • Everyone Else Must Fail. Karen Southwick
  • The Oracle of Oracle. Florence M. Stone
  • Larry Ellison, Sheer Nerve. Daniel Ehrenhaft.

External links

  • Oracle Official Site
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