Tony Hey

Professor Anthony John Grenville Hey CBE FREng FIET FInstP FBCS (born 17 August 1946) was Vice-President of Microsoft Research Connections, a division of Microsoft Research, until his departure in 2014.
Hey worked with British semiconductor company Inmos on the Transputer project in the 1980s. He switched to computer science in 1985, and in 1986 became professor of computation in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton. While there, he was promoted to Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science in 1994 and Dean of Engineering and Applied Science in 1999. Among his work was "doing research on Unix with tools like LaTeX." In 1990 he was a visiting fellow at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center of IBM Research. He then worked with Jack Dongarra, Rolf Hempel and David Walker, to define the Message Passing Interface (MPI) which became a de facto open standard for parallel scientific computing. In 1998 he was a visiting research fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the USA.
Hey led the UK's e-Science Programme from March 2001 to June 2005. He was appointed corporate vice-president of technical computing at Microsoft on 27 June 2005. Later he became corporate vice-president of external research, and in 2011 corporate vice-president of Microsoft Research Connections until his departure in 2014.
Hey has authored or co-authored a number of books including The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery, The Quantum Universe and The New Quantum Universe, The Feynman Lectures on Computation and Einstein's Mirror. Hey has also authored numerous peer-reviewed journal papers. His latest book is a popular book on computer science called The Computing Universe: A Journey through a Revolution.