Chief Scientist and Corporate Executive Officer,
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Bill Joy has been a leading designer the key technologies to come out of Sun Microsystems, including Solaris software, SPARC microprocessors, and Java technology. In the 1980s, he spearheaded Sun's evangelism of the "open systems" model of computing, which makes component specifications freely available, thereby allowing different users to design together.
Before co-founding Sun, Mr. Joy was the principal designer of the Berkeley version of UNIX operating system, the protocols of which helped spawn the Internet. His research interests include microprocessor and system architectures, and distributed computing using Java and Jini human-computer interaction. He wrote "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us," a provocative article arguing that the current pace of technological progress particularly in robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotechnology poses a very real threat to the future of the human race.
His many contributions were recognized by a cover story in FORTUNE Magazine, which called him the "Edison of the Internet." He holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the USENIX Association and received the Grace Murray Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. In 1997 President Clinton appointed him co-chair of the Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has dozens of patents issued and in progress.
Mr. Joy holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.