|Born||1946 (age 66–67)
|Fields||Physics, Computer science|
|Institutions||University of Southampton
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
|Thesis||Experimental studies in elementary particle physics (1971)|
|Notable awards||Order of the British Empire|
Anthony John Grenville Hey CBE FREng FIET FInstP FBCS (born 1946) is a researcher and educator across a range of science and engineering fields. After training in physics, he then worked in computer science and its application to education and other research fields in the US as well as the UK.
Anthony John Grenville Hey was born on 17 August 1946. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics in 1967, and a Doctor of Philosophy in theoretical physics in 1970, both from Worcester College, Oxford. From 1970 through 1972 he was a postdoctoral fellow at California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Moving to Pasadena, California, he worked with Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann, both winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics. He then moved to Geneva, Switzerland and worked as a fellow at CERN (the European organization for nuclear research) for two years. Hey worked about thirty years as an academic at University of Southampton, starting in 1974 as a particle physicist. He spent 1978 as a visiting fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For 1981 he returned to Caltech as a visiting research professor. There he learned of Carver Mead's work on very-large-scale integration and become interested in applying parallel computing techniques to large-scale scientific simulations.
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.
Hey is the editor of the journal Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience. Among other scientific advisory boards in Europe and the United States, he is a member of the Global Grid Forum Advisory Committee.
Hey had an open scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford from 1963 to 1967, won the Scott Prize for Physics in 1967, senior scholarship to St John's College, Oxford in 1968 and was a Harkness Fellow from 1970 through 1972. Hey was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005. He became a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 1996, the Institute of Physics and the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1996 and the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2001. In 2006 he presented the prestigious IET Pinkerton Lecture. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree from Newcastle University.
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.
- List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
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- List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
- "Curriculum Vitae". University of Southampton ECS web site. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Hey, Anthony (1971). Experimental studies in elementary particle physics (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford.
- Professor Paul Younger (2006). "Anthony John Grenville Hey". Citation for honorary degree. University of Newcastle. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Richard Poynder (12 December 2006). "A Conversation with Microsoft's Tony Hey". Open and Shut? blog. Retrieved 20 September 2011. Full transcript updated 15 December 2006.
- Jack Dongarra; Rolf Hempel; A. J. G. Hey; David Walker (November 1992). "A Draft Standard for Message Passing in a Distributed Memory Environment". Parallel Supercomputing in Atmospheric Science: Proceedings of the Fifth ECMWF Workshop on the Use of Parallel Processors in Meteorology (Reading, UK: World Scientific Press).
- "Tony Hey". Microsoft research biography. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Microsoft Names Tony Hey Corporate Vice President for Technical Computing: Hey brings over 25 years of experience in concurrent computing to Microsoft’s efforts to deepen collaboration with top scientists and researchers
- "Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research Connections". Microsoft executive biography. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Kristin Tolle; Tony Hey; Stewart Tansley (2009). The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery (Volume 1). Microsoft Research. ISBN 0-9825442-0-0.
- Hey, Anthony J. G. (1987). The quantum universe. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-31845-9.
- Walters, Patrick; Tony Hey; Hey, Anthony J. G. (2005). The new quantum universe. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56457-3.
- Tony Hey; Feynman, Richard Phillips; Allen, Robin W. (2000). Feynman Lectures on Computation. Cambridge, Mass: Perseus Publishing. ISBN 0-7382-0296-7.
- Feynman, Richard Phillips; Hey, Anthony J. G. (2002). Feynman and computation: exploring the limits of computers. Boulder, Colo: Westview Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. ISBN 0-8133-4039-X.
- Walters, Patrick; Hey, Anthony J. G. (1997). Einstein's mirror. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-43532-3.