Eric Sun

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Eric Sun was the Engineering Manager of the Entity Data and Ranking team at Facebook. He built Facebook's knowledge graph and oversaw engineering for Facebook's entity graph efforts.[1] Prior to Facebook, he received a master's degree in Statistics and bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Economics (with honors) from Stanford University.[2] His thesis was supervised by Susan Athey.[3]

He held six issued U.S. patents and published numerous academic papers related to social networks and contagion theory.[4] In 2016, he was diagnosed with glioblastoma. He died on November 23, 2017.[5] Prior to his death, he and his wife Karen Law established the Tarisio Trust: Eric Sun-Karen Law Vuillaume Fellowship, which loans his 1855 violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume to accomplished young violinists for the purposes of community building.[6]


  1. ^ Weber, Harrison (6 June 2013). "How Facebook's Entity Graph evolved from plain text to the structured data that powers Graph Search". The Next Web.
  2. ^ "Eric Sun". Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Susan Athey: Former Students". Stanford University. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  4. ^ Eric Sun publications indexed by Google Scholar
  5. ^ Stewart, James B. (25 December 2017). "A Tech Pioneer's Final, Unexpected Act". The New Yorker.
  6. ^ "Sun-Law Vuillaume Fellowship". Tarisio Auctions. Retrieved 31 July 2019.