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Bill Joy, 48, is Chief Scientist of Sun Microsystems and has led Sun's technical strategy since the founding of the company in 1982.
He has been a leading designer of Sun's key technologies, including Solaris software, SPARC® microprocessors and Java technology.
Before co-founding Sun, Joy was the designer of the Berkeley version of the UNIX® operating system, which became the backbone of the Internet and pioneered the "open source" concept.
His many contributions were recognized by a cover story in Fortune Magazine, which called him the "Edison of the Internet."
Joy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has 44 patents issued or in progress. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
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