Steve Wozniak aka “The Woz”
Co-founder, Apple Computer Inc.
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and 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 Computer, 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.” After leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak was 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. Wozniak served as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with the release of his New York Times Best Selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality show “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” and season eight of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”. Woz is currently Chief Scientist at Primary Data.
- Born Aug. 11, 1950
- Ham Radio license in 6th grade
Math, Science, Electronics awards:
- 1972 U. Colorado, DeAnza, U. C. Berkeley (EECS program)
- 1976 Hewlett Packard, designing calculator chips
- 1979 designed early Apple Computer products
- 1980 married to Alice Robertson, no children, amicable split
- 1984 heavy computer group speaking schedule
- 1980 became Fremason (California), currently lifetime member Charity Lodge Campbell CA but not active
- 1987 married to Candice Clark Wozniak, 3 children. Split custody (alternate weeks), good current relationship
- 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, Sharon Tenneson)
Major donor to needy goups and students
Uncountable awards from technology and community groups
- 1996 computer support for Los Gatos Unified School District, 11 modern labs, technology planning, computer lab plannings and wirings, school LAN planning and wirings, district WAN planning and providing and supporting (for now), classes for teachers on basic computer usage, classes for teachers on network topics, classes for 5th graders each year covering homework preparation, computer understanding, computer maintenance, networks, etc (200 hours for the year), classes for advanced students (5th through 8th grade) covering advanced graphics, photography, video, sound, networks, programming.
Provided hundreds of laptops for local students, I’ve never taken one back
Provided hundreds of America Online accounts for students and ex-students.
Provided servers and Internet access for students and teachers locally
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.
Woz loves children and dogs.