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Apple icons no. 2: Steve Wozniak, Apple's engineering genius

Lou Hattersley | Jan. 2, 2014
Biography of Steve Wozniak: co-founder of Apple, noted silicon valley philanthropist and architect of the Apple Computer.

He has also organized US music festivals called Un.U.Son (Unite Us In Song) and is a noted philanthropist. Wozniak founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organisation that defends human rights in the digital age, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. "I never wanted money" says Wozniak "So as soon as I had all this wealth from Apple I pretty much tried to get rid of it, and I invested in a lot of museums."

He maintained connection with Steve Jobs until Jobs' death in 2011, although in 2006 he told The Seattle Times that he and Jobs were not close friends.

Wozniak has never claimed to have invented the personal computer. Apple tactfully uses the phrase "Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II".

Although computers have been sold to the general public since the mid-1960s, and many individuals had built microcomputers, the home computer as we know it (CPU, storage, screen and keyboard) had never been sold in quantity before Wozniak's Apple II.

If any single person could lay claim to being the architect of the modern home computer as we know it; it would be Steve Wozniak.

 

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