Every computer science (Informatics) Student, who learn a little bit about Transactions should know Jim Gray. Specially his book Transaction Processing. Concepts and Techniques that his wrote with Andreas Reuter should meas something for every Computer Science student.
As Reprotet by Werner Vogels Jim Gray is missing at sea, an there is base to be worried about it. :(
*Update *: Having been missing for five years as of May 16, 2012, Gray is legally assumed to have died at sea.