• William Nelson Joy(Bill Joy) is an American computer scientist.
  •  In 1982 along with Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and Andreas von Bechtolsheimhe founded sun microsystems.
  • He served as chief scientist at the company until 2003.

Born: November 8, 1954 (age 58), Detroit

Spouse: Shannon O’leary

Books: The Java Language Specification

Education: University of Michigan, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University

Awards: Grace Murray Hopper Award


  • In 2003, Bill Joy left Sun Microsystems.
  • He’d spent the late 1970s and early 1980s working on Berkeley UNIX .


  • Some of his most notable contributions were the vi editor and csh.
  • Joy became popular with the publication of his article in Wired Magazine, “Why the future doesn’t need us”. He argued that intelligent robots would replace humanity.
  • Joy’s now a partner at KPMG, where he reviews business plans in education, environmental improvement and pandemic defense.



Bill Joy, was a co-founder of Sun Microsystems where he was, Chief Scientist …


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                                                                                                        From left to right: Vinod Khosla,Bill Joy,   

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