The VLDB Journal (2008) 17:169–170 DOI 10.1007/s00778-008-0091-4 OBITUA RY Published online: 1 February 2008 © Springer-Verlag 2008 Klaus was one of the early minds behind object-oriented technology and an ardent promoter and adopter of the — then new — technology. He started with applying this technology to operating systems, then introduced the technology to data security (this was the topic of his Ph.D. thesis), and only then turned to applying it to database systems. He became widely known for the manifesto on object-oriented databases, a highly inﬂuential paper with more than 700 citations, and for his work in engineering databases and their applications to VLSI design and software engineering. Some of this work was done while he spent postdoc time at IBM Research at San Jose. In 1989, he left Karlsruhe and accepted a full pro- On November 20, 2007, Klaus Dittrich suddenly and fessorship with the University of Zurich. In Zurich Klaus continued to be at the forefront of research unexpectedly passed away at the age of 56 while on a sab- batical at HP Labs. His death came as a shock to all who on postrelational databases. In addition to continuing his leadership on object-oriented databases, one
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