Apple co-founder Steve Jobs posthumously receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to the entertainment, computer, and communications industries. The award is the highest decoration bestowed by the US President on a civilian.
US President Joe Biden announced on Friday the names of 17 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their civilian efforts. Among these, the posthumous award for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs stands out in the tech field.
The award will recognize Jobs’ contribution to digital progress with products like the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad, as well as services like iTunes, which revolutionized the way people consume music.
In a statement on the White House website, the administration explains why it has chosen Jobs to receive the award — “Steve Jobs (d. 2011) was the co-founder, chief executive, and chair of Apple, Inc., CEO of Pixar and held a leading role at the Walt Disney Company. His vision, imagination and creativity led to inventions that have, and continue to, change the way the world communicates, as well as transforming the computer, music, film and wireless industries.”
Steve Jobs will be awarded 11 years after his death. Jobs founded Apple in 1976 and developed one of the first personal computers with Steve Wozniak.