Steve Jobs will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, according to a new press release shared by the White House today that lists the latest recipients for the Nation’s highest civilian honor, an award that President Kennedy established in 1963 to recognize “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.” Jobs, who led Apple before his death in 2011, is getting the award for his “vision, imagination, and creativity,” which enabled the creation of devices that have changed and/or transformed the way that the world communicates. Some of the devices that Jobs have been associated with include the iPhone, Apple II, and Macintosh.
President Biden has long said that America can be defined by one word: possibilities. These seventeen Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation – hard work, perseverance, and faith. They have overcome significant obstacles to achieve impressive accomplishments in the arts and sciences, dedicated their lives to advocating for the most vulnerable among us, and acted with bravery to drive change in their communities – and across the world – while blazing trails for generations to come.
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.
Source: The White House