He studied electrical engineering at the University of Michigan and electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California at Berkeley . From 1977 he played a key role in Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD). Joy also developed the C shell and the vi editor for BSD .
Another of his important projects was the further development of TCP / IP , because of which he is sometimes referred to as "Edison of the Internet ". After Bill Joy founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 together with Vinod Khosla , Scott McNealy and Andy Bechtolsheim , he was in charge of the development of technologies such as SPARC , Solaris (SunOS), Java and Jini . On September 9, 2003, he left Sun. In April 2000, Joy caused a sensation with his controversial article Why the future doesn't need us in Wired Magazine . Among other things, it says: "The most important technologies of the 21st century - robots , genetic engineering and nanotechnology - threaten to make humans a species threatened with extinction." In 1999 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences .
- Interview with Bill Joy , in: Die Welt, April 5, 2001
- Article Why the future doesn't need us
- Detailed interview with Andreas von Bechtolsheim and Billy Joy for the National Museum of American History on the occasion of the MCI WorldCom Information Technology Leadership Award for Innovation , 1999 (PDF file) (246 kB)
Computer History Museum, June 11, 2006: Sun Founders Panel (English)
- Sun Feature Story: The Fab Four Reunites (webcast of the event)
- Interview with Bill Joy (video)
- Lecture by Bill Joy at a Stanford Symposium on April 1st, 2000 from 43:30 (video)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Joy, William Nelson|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American developer of BSD and vi, co-founder of Sun Microsystems|
|DATE OF BIRTH||November 8, 1954|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Detroit , Michigan|