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Steve R Bourne

  • Steve Bourne is internationally known for his work on the UNIX operating system. Over the last 20 years he has held senior engineering management positions at leading computer systems and networking companies including Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, Digital Equipment and Silicon Graphics. At present he is Chief Technology Officer at Icon Ventures in Menlo Park, California.

    At Cisco Steve was responsible for Enterprise Network Management products including CiscoWorks. He established Cisco's leadership in web based network management with the introduction of the Cisco Resource Manager.

    At Sun Steve managed the Solaris 2.0 program including the internal transition from SUNOS to Solaris. Before leaving Sun he led the Solaris network services team (NFS, NIS, DNS and NIS+) and introduced NFS revision 3 to the market. While at Digital Steve founded and directed the West Coast Workstation Engineering group in Palo Alto that built the first multi-processor VAXstation as well as the first DEC RISC workstations.

    Steve spent nine years at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he was a member of the Seventh Edition UNIX team. He designed the UNIX Command Language or "Bourne Shell" which is used for scripting in the UNIX programming environment. He also wrote the ADB debugger. In 1983, Steve published his book called "The UNIX System" which has been widely recognized as a text for the effective use of UNIX.

    He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from King's College London, a Diploma (or M.Sc.) in Computer Science from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Trinity College in Cambridge, England.

    Steve is a Fellow and Past President of the ACM, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society.


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