Apple co-founder Steve Jobs receives posthumous Medal Of Freedom

Steve Jobs

The White House announced Friday that it will posthumously award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs on July 7, posthumously by US President Joe Biden.

Biden named 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the late tech innovator is one of them.

For inexperienced people, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is proclaimed the highest civilian honor in the country. The award is presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values ​​or security of the United States, world peace or other significant civic, public or private endeavors.

“These 17 Americans demonstrate the power of opportunity and embody the soul of the nation — hard work, perseverance and faith,” the White House said in a statement.

“They overcame significant obstacles to achieve impressive achievements in the arts and sciences, devoted their lives to advocating for the most vulnerable among us, and acted with courage to effect change in their communities – and around the world – while they clear paths for generations.”

Born on February 24, 1955, Steve Jobs was the co-founder, chief executive and chairman of Apple, Inc., CEO of Pixar, and held a leadership role at the Walt Disney Company. In 1976, he co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and changed the way people looked at computers. Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

In 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He died of a respiratory arrest related to the tumor on October 5, 2011, at the age of 56.

“His vision, imagination and creativity led to inventions that have and continue to change the way the world communicates, as well as the computer, music, film and wireless industries,” the White House added.

In addition to Jobs, the list of notable Americans to receive the honor includes Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the late Senator John McCain, World Cup and Olympic soccer champion Megan Rapinoe, and actor Denzel Washington. You can view the full list here.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the White House on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

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