Alex Szalay is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Computer Science at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the architect for the Science Archive of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. His papers span areas from astronomy, spatial statistics, computer science and more recently cancer research. He is a Corresponding Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received the Microsoft Jim Gray Award, the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award, the Victor Ambartsumian International Science Prize, and the ACM SIGMOD Systems award.