Steve Jobs posthumously awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor
Apple CEO Tim Cook has honoured the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs who posthumously received America’s highest civilian honor today, the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the Biden Administration to commemorate Jobs’ world-changing innovations.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Cook said “Today, Steve was awarded the Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor. He was a visionary who challenged us to see the world not for what it is, but for what it could be. We cherish his memory and we’ll continue building on his legacy.”
In a press release online, the Biden Administration say the Presidential Medal of Freedom is “presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public, or private endeavors.”
Today, Steve was awarded the Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor. He was a visionary who challenged us to see the world not for what it is, but for what it could be. We cherish his memory and we’ll continue building on his legacy. pic.twitter.com/G6cbBdGzvY
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 7, 2022
Jobs, who famously founded Apple from his parent’s garage with friend Steve Wozniak in 1976, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2011. Born in 1955, Jobs grew up in Cupertino, California, where he graduated from High School and enrolled in Reed College, Portland. Steve famously dropped out of college and became a ‘drop-in’ student, attending art and philosophy classes while sleeping in friends’ dorms.
Steve Jobs was the public face of Apple for much of its history. He represented a belief in premium design and craftsmanship that produced a seemingly endless array of highly acclaimed products including the Mac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.
Alongside Apple, Jobs was also the chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar, and the founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT, which Jobs founded in 1986 after being forced out of Apple back in the early days.