Edgar F. Codd is the father of the relational database
. Born in 1923 in Portland, UK, he got his PhD at the University of Michigan
. He received the 1981 Turing award
for "his fundamental
contributions to the theory
of database management systems
His 1970 paper "A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks" sparked a flurry of research in the field, and is partially responsible for why E2 even exists. The paper can be read by the public at http://www.acm.org/classics/nov95/
E. F. Codd is still actively involved in relational database research.