Mike Bostock

Michael Bostock is an American computer scientist and data-visualisation specialist. He is one of the co-creators of Observable and noted as one of the key developers of D3.js,[1] a JavaScript library used for producing dynamic, interactive, online data visualizations.[2] He was also involved in the preceding Protovis framework.

Mike Bostock
Alma materStanford University (PhD)
OccupationSoftware engineer
Known forD3.js, TopoJSON, ObservableHQ
AwardsGerald Loeb Award
Academic background
Doctoral advisorJeffrey Heer

Early lifeEdit

Bostock was a PhD student at Stanford University, advised by Jeffrey Heer.[3][4]


Until 2015, Bostock was working for the New York Times where he led complex data-visualisation projects.[5][6] He helped create interactive articles for the New York Times[7] and shared the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Gerald Loeb Awards for Images/Visuals.[8][9][10]

Bostock is the CTO and co-founder of Observablehq.com, an online notebooks services for "exploring data manipulation and thinking with code".[11] He is also an adviser to data transformation platform provider Trifacta.

Bostock was interviewed in the Data Stories podcast and presented at Eyeo 2014.[12] The "Innovation Report" of his employer, the New York Times, called him a "digital superstar"[13] and Edward Tufte predicted that he will become one of the most important people for the future of data visualisation.[14]


  1. ^ "mbostock/d3". GitHub. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Bostock; Ogievetsky; Heer (October 2011). "D3: Data-Driven Documents". IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 17 (12): 2301–2309. doi:10.1109/TVCG.2011.185. PMID 22034350. S2CID 505461.
  3. ^ "Mike Bostock". bost.ocks.org. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Stanford Visualization Group". vis.stanford.edu. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  5. ^ Bostock, Mike; Carter, Shan (November 2, 2012). "512 Paths to the White House". The New York Times. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Cox, Amanda; Bostock, Mike; Watkins, Derek; Carter, Shan (November 6, 2014). "The Most Detailed Maps You'll See From the Midterm Senate Elections". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  7. ^ Himmelman, Jeff; Gilbertson, Ashley (October 24, 2013). "A Game of Shark and Minnow". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2013 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". PR Newswire. June 25, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2014 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 24, 2014. Archived from the original on February 1, 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  10. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2015 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 24, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  11. ^ "About / Observable".
  12. ^ "Eyeo 2014 - Mike Bostock". Vimeo.com. November 29, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  13. ^ Piatetsky, Gregory. "Exclusive: Interview with Chris Wiggins, NYTimes Chief Data Scientist". www.kdnuggets.com. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  14. ^ Cookson, Clive (July 26, 2013). "Edward Tufte". FT Magazine. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved September 27, 2015.

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