David J. Brown, Board Member

David J. Brown

Dave is an engineer whose 35 year professional background is in computer systems.

He began his career as a member of the research staff at Stanford University, where he worked with Andy Bechtolsheim on the prototype SUN system.

He left Stanford to become one of the founders of Silicon Graphics, and later with Steve Bourne, established the Workstation Systems Engineering Group at Digital Equipment Corporation.

Following four years of study in England on an approach for the integration of high performance graphics subsystems in a general-purpose computing architecture, Dave spent 20 years at Sun Microsystems working on the Solaris operating system. He led the program which delivered that system's practical approach to binary compatibility for applications. More recently he introduced some of its basic facilities for energy efficiency.

David J. Brown in 1963 at Abu Simbel in Egypt

David J. Brown at Abu Simbel in 1963

Dave received a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Cambridge University, and B.S.E and M.S.E in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

As a young boy in 1963, Dave lived for a year in Sweden, during which time he spent two weeks in Egypt. At Giza, the Valley of the Kings, Saqqara, Luxor and Karnak, and along the Upper Nile above Aswan, he had the opportunity of direct contact with many of the important artifacts of Egypt's classical civilization. This was a moment of unusual privilege, at a point in time and manner of access that is now lost.

To be able to make the objects of our cultural history and civilization available to all to examine, investigate, and learn, is not only an opportunity.

It is our obligation.