Jim Gray is a "Distinguished Engineer" in Microsoft's Scaleable Servers Research Group and manager of Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center (BARC). His work focuses on databases and transaction processing. Jim is active in the research community, is an ACM, NAE, NAS, and AAAS Fellow, and received the ACM Turing Award for his work on transaction processing. He edits of the Morgan Kaufmann book series on data management, and his many publications include the classic "Transaction Processing Concepts and Techniques". Recently, he has been active in building online databases like http://TerraService.Net and http://SkyServer.sdss.org.