Dr. R. G. G. "Rick" Cattell is a Distinguished Engineer at
Sun Microsystems. He has worked for over twenty years at Sun in management
and senior technical roles, and for ten years in research at
Xerox PARC and at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Dr. Cattell is best known for his contributions to database systems and middle ware
--- particularly J2EE, object-oriented databases, object/relational mappings, and
database interfaces. He is the author of several dozen papers and six books. He
was a founder of SQL Access
(a predecessor to ODBC), the founder and chair of the
Object Data Management Group (ODMG), the co-creator of
JDBC, and the author of the world's first
monograph on object/relational and object databases.
His personal website can be found here.