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Bill Joy  
Bill Joy
Chief Scientist and
Corporate Executive Officer

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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