Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will posthumously receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Jobs is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of the personal computer revolution along with former business partner Steve Wozniak. Jobs is also widely remembered for introducing the world to the original iPhone that revolutionized mobile phones and turned them into must-have consumer gadgets. Jobs passed away at the age of 56 in 2011 from complications related to pancreatic cancer.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded by U.S. Presidents to people who are said to have made a “meritorious contribution” to the United States in areas of culture, arts, science, sports, or politics. Alongside the Congressional Gold Medal, it is the highest civilian honor in the U.S. but is not limited to American citizens. It was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy and has since been awarded to a number of scientists, activists, athletes, and business leaders. Some of the notable recipients include astronaut Neil Armstrong, President Ronald Regan, Pope John Paul II, singers Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen, actors Tom Hanks and Robert Redford, golfer Tiger Woods, and basketball legend Michael Jordon, among others.
The Biden administration on Friday announced the list of recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Steve Jobs is among the 17 people who are slated to receive the award from President Joe Biden on July 17. In the official press release announcing the list, the White House said that Jobs’ “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.” It’s not immediately clear who will receive the award on behalf of Steve Jobs.
Alongside Steve Jobs, another posthumous recipient of the award is former Arizona Senator and Republican Presidential candidate in 2008, John McCain. A decorated Vietnam war veteran, McCain was earlier awarded a Purple Heart with one gold star for service in the U.S. Navy during the war. The other posthumous awardee this year is Richard Trumka, a long-time labor leader and former president of the AFL-CIO.
Some of the other notable recipients of the award this year include gymnast Simone Biles, former Arizona Congresswoman and gun violence survivor Gabby Giffords, two-time Women’s World Cup soccer champion and Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe, and multiple Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington. The list also includes a number of other noted leaders who contributed immensely in their respective fields even though they may not be as widely known as Steve Jobs or Denzel Washington.
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