Desperate Search at Sea for Microsoft Researcher
By Scott M. Fulton, III, BetaNews
January 31, 2007, 4:52 PM
A Turing award-winning scientist who leads Microsoft Research's eScience Group, and whose seemingly spontaneous innovations have touched nearly every aspect of technology, including financial databases, astronomy, and geography in a career that spans four decades, remains missing at sea since having signaled home from his sailboat last Sunday night.
US Coast Guard search vessels and aircraft have thus far been unable to locate any trace of the 40-foot craft belonging to Jim Gray, age 63, who set out alone for the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco on a personal mission to scatter his mother's ashes.