Henry F. Korth




Henry F. Korth is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Lehigh University. From 2003 to 2009, he served as chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering during a period of rapid development of the newly created (2001) department.  His publications include three books, one of which, Database Systems Concepts, is in its seventh edition; over 100 journal articles, conference publications and other technical papers; and twelve book chapters. Korth also holds eight patents.


Before his arrival at Lehigh, Korth held positions of leadership with Lucent Technology’s Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J. As Director of Database Principles Research, he led teams of Ph.D. researchers in investigating XML data management, web-based data, main-memory database systems, real-time systems, parallel systems and other topics.  At Lucent, Korth was a founding member of the Joint Development and Delivery Center, which managed the rapid transition of Bell Labs prototypes into marketplace products. He was a member of two teams that received the Bell Labs President’s Silver Award, in 1998 for the QTM™ aggregation engine and in 1999 for the DataBlitz™ main-memory storage manager. Korth also led the creation of two other Lucent products: the Interprenet™ IP Usage Suite, and the WebLightning™ Web Accelerator.

Before joining Lucent, Korth served as vice president of Panasonic Technologies and director of the Matsushita Information Technology Laboratory, the leading computer systems research laboratory for Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. In this position, Korth conducted research in multidatabase systems, mobile computing, database user interfaces and multimedia information systems.  Korth is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery,  (ACM) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE,). At the 1995 International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, a paper he co-authored titled “A Model of CAD Transactions” was chosen as “Most Influential Paper from the Proceedings of Ten Years Ago.” Korth has served on the editorial boards of several computing journals, ACM Transactions on Database Systems and the VLDB Journal.  From 1983 to 1992, Korth served on the faculty of the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, where he attained the rank of associate professor with tenure.  Prior to that, he was a research staff member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.


Korth holds Ph.D., M.A., and M.S.E degrees from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, in computer science, and an A.B degree in mathematics from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.