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Dr Ken Lunde was born in 1965 in Madison, Wisconsin, grew up in greater-metropolitan Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, and entered the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985 as a freshman. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics in 1987, earned his Master of Arts degree in linguistics in 1988, and earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in linguistics in 1994 after defending a dissertation entitled Prescriptive Kanji Simplification. He worked at Adobe for over 28 years, from mid-1991 until late 2019, has worked at Apple since early 2020, and has over 30 years of experience in all things CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean), to include character set standards, encodings, and font development. Ken is the Chair of the Unicode CJK & Unihan Group, and is one of the Vice-Chairs of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee.