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Bud Tribble, M.D., Ph.D.


Bud Tribble is Apple's vice president of Software Technology, and is responsible for the long term technical direction for operating system software. Tribble began his career at Apple  in 1981 where he was manager of the original Macintosh Software team, helping to design the Mac OS and user interface.

In 1985, Tribble helped found NeXT Computer, where he was vice president of Software Engineering and a key architect of the NextStep operating system. He also worked at Eazel Inc. as was vice president of Engineering and at Sun Microsystems as chief technology officer .

His medical research background includes neurophysiology and mechanisms of epilepsy.



1975 B.A. degree in Physics, minor in Music from University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California

1983 MD-Ph.D. degree in Biophysics & Physiology from University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

1984 Rotating Internship, Mt. Zion Hospital-UCSF Affiliate

Memberships and Activities

1990 Outstanding Alumnus, University of California at San Diego 

2011 SVForum Visionary Award

Licensed Physician, State of California
U.S. FCC License, Amateur Extra (N6SN)
Life Member ARRL
Member IEEE (IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Computer Society) 

Member ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)


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