Steve Wozniak aka "The Woz"

Co-founder, Apple Computer Inc.

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past four decades, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II. He also influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.

Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students.  Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.  In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include:  ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Accomplishments and interesting facts about Woz:

  • Loves children and dogs.
  • Believes in encouraging free thinking and creativity for youngsters.
  • Counsels people against forces of conformity and drugs which leave them “not the master” of their fate.
  • Born Aug. 11, 1950
  • Ham Radio license in 6th grade
  • Major donor to needy goups and students
  • Provided computer support for Los Gatos Unified School District, 
  • Taught classes for teachers on a variety of technical topics, 
  • Taught classes for 5th graders (over 200 hours for the year), 
  • Taught classes for advanced students (5th through 8th grade) 
  • Provided hundreds of laptops for local students
  • Provided servers and Internet access for students and teachers locally
  • Uncountable awards from technology and community groups
  • 1972 U. Colorado, DeAnza, U. C. Berkeley (EECS program)
  • 1976 Hewlett Packard, designing calculator chips
  • 1979 designed early Apple Computer products
  • 1984 heavy computer group speaking schedule
  • 1980 became Fremason (California), currently lifetime member Charity Lodge Campbell CA but not active
  • 1983 US Festivals, San Bernardino CA
  • 1983 sponsor, first 3 USSR space bridges
  • 1990 San Jose CPA additions, San Jose Cleveland Ballet, Tech Museum (first major sponsor), Children’s Discovery Museum, other local projects
  • 1984 Democratic convention delegate (Hart)
  • 1987 BS EECS U.C. Berkeley
  • 1987 sponsor, first joint US/USSR stadium rock concert (Moscow)
  • 1990 sponsor, computers for schools in USSR (through U.S./U.S.S.R. Iniative) 

Believes in encouraging free thinking and creativity for youngsters, counsel them against forces of conformity and drugs which leave them "not the master" of their fate.