According to MercuryNews.com, Jim Gray is missing at sea.
Well-known in Silicon Valley database software circles, Gray was awarded the prestigious A.M. Turing Award — the so-called “Nobel Prize of computer science” — in 1998 for his body of work, which helped paved the way for automatic-teller machines, computerized airline reservations and e-commerce.
Over the years, he moved from jobs at IBM, Tandem Computers and DEC, and, eventually, to Microsoft in 1995. And he became an avid sailor, often heading out alone.
(Source: Steven Keith)