William Nelson Joy, commonly known as Bill Joy, co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 along with Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and Andy Bechtolsheim, and served as chief scientist at the company until 2003. In 1986, Joy was awarded a Grace Murray Hopper Award by the ACM for his work on the Berkeley UNIX Operating System. In 2000 he gained notoriety with the publication of his article in :Wired Magazine”, “Why the future doesn’t need us”.
Since writing this essay he has become a venture capitalist, and he and his firm have invested in GNR technology companies, and raised a specialty venture fund to address the dangers of Pandemic diseases, such as H5N1 Avian flu and Bioterrorist threats. In 2006, he was awarded the Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award for developing this biosafety venture fund and other actions.