Chris Date

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Photo of Chris Date by Douglas Robertson, Edinburgh

Christopher (Chris) J. Date (1941-) is an independent author, lecturer, researcher, and consultant of international renown, specializing in relational database technology.

He was also involved with Edgar Codd's relational model for database management. One of the normal forms in database normalization, the Boyce-Codd Normal Form (BCNF), is named after him.

Correspondence may be sent to him in care of Intelligent Enterprise,


Chris authored several books, including:

  • An Introduction to Database Systems, ISBN 0-321-19784-4
  • Foundation for Object/Relational Databases: The Third Manifesto (with Hugh Darwen)
  • Temporal Data & the Relational Model, ISBN 1-55860-855-9
  • Database in Depth: Relational Theory for Practitioners, ISBN 0-596-10012-4
  • Several editions of Relational Database Writings., ISBN 0-201-39814-1, ISBN 0-201-82459-0, ISBN 0-201-54303-6, ISBN 0-201-50881-8.

In recent years Chris published some articles at Database Debunkings.

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