Eric Brewer (scientist)

Eric Allen Brewer is professor emeritus of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley[1] and vice-president of infrastructure at Google.[2] His research interests include operating systems and distributed computing. He is known for formulating the CAP theorem about distributed network applications in the late 1990s.[3]

Eric A. Brewer
Eric Brewer at TNW Conference 2015
ResidenceBerkeley, CA
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
Known forCAP theorem
AwardsACM Fellow
NAE Member
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
ThesisPortable High-Performance Supercomputing: High-Level Platform-Dependent Optimization (1994)
Doctoral advisorWilliam E. "Bill" Weihl
Doctoral studentsNikita Borisov
Ian Goldberg
David A. Wagner

In 1996, Brewer co-founded Inktomi Corporation (bought by Yahoo! in 2003) and became a paper billionaire during the dot-com bubble. Working with the United States federal government during the presidency of Bill Clinton, he helped to create, which launched in 2000.[4] His research also included a wireless networking scheme called WiLDNet, which promises to bring low-cost connectivity to rural areas of the developing world.[5] He has worked at Google since 2011.[6]


Brewer received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) from UC Berkeley where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.[7] Later he earned a Master of Science and PhD in EECS from MIT.


In 1999, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[8]

In 2007, Brewer was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery "for the design of scalable, reliable internet services."[9][10] That same year, he was also inducted into the National Academy of Engineering "for the design of highly scalable internet services."[11]

Brewer is the 2009 recipient[12] of the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences[13] "for his contributions to the design and development of highly scalable Internet services."

In 2009, Brewer received the SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award.[14]

In 2013, the ETH Zurich honored him with the title Dr. sc. tech. (honoris causa).[15]


  1. "Eric Brewer". Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  2. "Eric Brewer". LinkedIn. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  3. "Lessons from Internet Services: ACID vs. BASE". Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  4. "About the Website". Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  5. Patra, Rabin; Nedevschi, Sergiu; Surana, Sonesh; Sheth, Anmol; Subramanian, Lakshminarayanan; Brewer, Eric (April 11–13, 2007). "WiLDNet: Design and Implementation of High Performance WiFi Based Long Distance Networks". 4th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design & Implementation. Cambridge, Massachusetts: 87–100 (NSDI ’07).
  6. Cloud Native [@eric_brewer] (10 May 2011). "I will be leading the design of the next gen of infrastructure at Google. The cloud is young: much to do, many left to reach" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  7. Membership Directory, 2010, Pi Lambda Phi Inc.
  8. "1999 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 1999. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  9. "ACM Fellows". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  10. "Eric A. Brewer". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  11. "Dr. Eric A. Brewer". National Academy of Engineering. Archived from the original on 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  13. "List of recipients of the ACM-InfoSys Foundation Award". ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery). Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  14. "The Mark Weiser Award". ACM SIGOPS. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  15. ETH Day 2013
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