Full Name: John Burdette Gage

Description: Vocalist, Guitarist, Arranger, Composer, USA
Known For: Host of “Kentucky Homefront”

Instruments: Voice, Guitar
Music Styles: Folk Rock / Roots Music / Bluegrass

Location: KY, United States of America

Date Born: 31st August 1947
Location Born: KY, United States of America


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John Gage

John Burdette Gage (born 1942) was the 5th employee of Sun Microsystems, where he is credited with creating the phrase: “The network is the computer.” He served as Chief Researcher and Vice President of the Science Office for Sun, until leaving on June 9, 2008 to join Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner to work on green technologies for global warming; he departed KPCB in 2010 to apply what he had learned “to broader issues in other parts of the world”. He is also best known as one of the co-founders of NetDay in 1995. He joined the Human Needs Project in 2012 to bring water to the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

Gage received his bachelor’s degree in 1975 from the University of California, Berkeley.[6] He also attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard Business School. Gage worked at Berkeley with Bill Joy, the person largely responsible for the authorship of Berkeley UNIX, also known as BSD, from which springs many modern forms of UNIX, including Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD. Gage joined Sun Microsystems in 1982 with Bill Joy and others.

Gage is one of the central figures in the film Berkeley in the Sixties by Mark Kitchell, recounting the University of California, Berkeley Free Speech Movement. He appears in “American Stories: the American Dream”, a five-part Discovery Channel documentary.

In June, 2008, Gage retired from Sun Microsystems and joined Kleiner Perkins as a venture capitalist along with Al Gore. He left Kleiner Perkins in 2010.

Gage has served on scientific advisory panels for the US National Research Council, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the World Economic Forum. Most recently, he served on the US National Academy Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security and on the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security, whose reports aided in reorganizing US intelligence agencies. He has served on the boards of the US National Library of Medicine, of FermiLab, the Berkeley Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and other scientific and educational groups.

Currently he serves on the Malaysian International Advisory Panel, the Malaysian Global Science and Advisory Panel and on the boards of the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, the Oxford Martin School for the Twenty-first Century, the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation, and the Human Needs Project.



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