Steve Wozniak was the genius behind the first Apple computers, designing and building them almost entirely on his own. His ingenuity, skill and dedication allowed him to create the world’s first mass-produced personal computer.
Who is Steve Wozniak?
Steve Wozniak, born on August 11th, 1950, is an entrepreneur and an American electrical engineer, programmer, and inventor. He is best known for designing the Apple II personal computer and co-founding Apple computer with Steve Jobs. His engineering expertise was instrumental in creating one of the most revolutionary products of the 20th century: The Apple I personal computer. Along with a meager capital investment from Jobs, Wozniak’s in-depth knowledge of the way electronic circuits worked enabled him to develop a highly successful machine – the first of its kind at that time – which opened up the personal computing era.
Wozniak continues to share his technical genius as frequently as possible by speaking at different events around the country as well as launching educational projects like Global Innovation Conference and Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at UC Berkeley extension school. He also often mentors younger generations on how to stay passionate about inventions and programming researching techniques. Wozniak has received several awards such as America’s highest and most prestigious award in science and technology, Fredrick Emmons Terman Award in 2005; inductee into National Inventors Hall of Fame; charter fellow at Institute of Electrical of Electronic Engineers.
Co-founder Steve Wozniak was born in San Jose, California and grew up in the Silicon Valley. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder for a year before he was expelled for hacking their computer system. After being expelled, he returned to De Anza College in Cupertino and then transferred to the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. In June of that year, he designed and created his first computer with his friend Bill Fernandez called Cream Soda which predated useful microprocessors and keyboards.
The computer was accidentally damaged when the newspaper reporter stepped on the power supply cable. However, this event later inspired the creation of the Apple I and Apple II computers.
Prior to focusing his attention on Apple, Steve Wozniak worked at Hewlett-Packard alongside Jobs’ father Paul Jobs. The two friends were introduced by Fernandez who attended Homestead High School with Jobs in 1971. Afterwards, they printed a circuit board pamphlet together called “Computer Notes” to teach electronics classes out of Wozniak’s garage that would mark the beginnings of one of the largest technology companies in this world today – Apple Incorporated or Apple Inc.
People pay attention to Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak is a legendary name in the tech industry. The co-founder of Apple and creator of the groundbreaking Apple II home computer has attracted quite a bit of attention throughout his career. During the recent Zurich Talks on Future Innovation, the speaker demonstrated his star quality by captivating the audience with his enthusiasm, intellect, and humor while delivering inspiring words.
Often referred to affectionately as “Woz,” Steve Wozniak continues to be praised for his revolutionary contributions to the world of personal computing. Macworld acknowledged him as “the architect of modern home computer as we know it,” an impressive title that few can claim. His infectious and child-like enthusiasm was apparent during his talk at Quai Zurich Campus, as he shared experiences such as believing in yourself and living a life filled with happiness regardless of circumstances. It’s no wonder people listen when Steve Wozniak speaks; there is something truly remarkable about both the man and his achievements that instantly resonates with all those who hear him.