Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs

Stephen Gary ‘Woz’ Wozniak and Steven Paul Jobs

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, Stephen Gary ‘Woz’ Wozniak and Steven Paul Jobs, the co-founders of Apple.

Founders of Apple

Wozniak and Jobs founded Apple on April 1 1976. Wozniak became the VP of Research and Development at Apple and helped produce the Apple I computer. Priced at $666.66 because Wozniak liked repeating digits, the Apple I was a hobbyist machine with a $25 MOS 6502 microprocessor.

Apple went public in 1980, making Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak multi-millionaires. Wozniak later conceived of ‘The Woz Plan’, through which Wozniak shared his founder stock with the rest of the team at Apple.

Beechcraft Bonanza Crash

Wozniak’s involvement in Apple was abruptly interuppted when Wozniak crashed his plane while taking off in Santa Cruz. He lost his short-term memory for a few months and left Apple later, on February 6 1987. Nonetheless, he remains an Apple shareholder and keeps in contact with Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak Honors

Wozniak has gone on to serve as chief scientist in multiple companies, and has been honored with multiple technology related awards related to his contributions to technology with Steve Jobs. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan conferred Wozniak with the 1985 National Medal of Technology; in September 2000, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Steve Wozniak is also the sole inventor listed in four patents: “Microcomputer for use with video display”, “Controller for magnetic disc, recorder, or the like”, “Apparatus for digitally controlling pal color display”, and “Digitally-controlled color signal generation means for use with display”.

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