Steve Wozniak Biography, Steve Wozniak Wiki
Stephen Gary Wozniak, also known by his nickname “Woz”, is an American electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur.
Steve Wozniak Coronavirus
While the deadly coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak shared a troubling tweet on March 2, claiming that he and his wife, Janet Wozniak, might be America’s ‘patient zero’ after returning from a trip to China in early January.
Wozniak tweeted on Monday, “Checking out Janet’s bad cough. Started Jan. 4. We had just returned from China and may have both been patient zero in U.S. (@ West Coast Sports Institute in Santa Clara, CA).”
The 69-year-old electronic engineer and his wife, Janet Hill, whom he married in 2008, live in Los Gatos, California. Since publishing his tweet, Wozniak has yet to deliver further details as to whether or not either he or his wife have officially been tested for coronavirus. Wozniak’s “patient zero” tweet was sent hours after six deaths from the coronavirus were confirmed in Washington state.
Previously, on January 9, Wozniak tweeted about feeling ill. He wrote, “Recovering from a serious illness caught during the cruise. (@ Woz Home in Los Gatos, CA).”
Wozniak’s Foursquare Swarm app updates, he checked into three places in Vietnam in late December. However, there doesn’t appear to be a check-in made in China from his account.
Thankfully, Janet emailed USA Today with good news after her husband’s alarming tweet. She said that she has a sinus infection, not coronavirus.
Recovering from serious illness caught during cruise. (@ Woz Home in Los Gatos, CA) https://t.co/0p0VpQVcn9
— Steve Wozniak (@stevewoz) January 9, 2020
Fast Facts You Need to Know
Steve Wozniak was born and raised in San Jose, California, the son of Margaret Louise Wozniak (née Kern) (1923–2014) from Washington state(p18) and Francis Jacob “Jerry” Wozniak (1925–1994) from Michigan.(p18) His father, Jerry Wozniak, was an engineer for Lockheed Corporation.(p1) He graduated from Homestead High School in 1968, in Cupertino, California.
The name on Wozniak’s birth certificate is “Stephan Gary Wozniak”, but his mother said that she intended it to be spelled “Stephen”, which is what he uses.(p18) Wozniak has mentioned his surname being Polish and has spoken of his Polish descent.(pp129–130)
In the early 1970s, Wozniak’s blue box design earned him the nickname “Berkeley Blue” in the phreaking community.
Wozniak has credited watching Star Trek and attending Star Trek conventions while in his youth as a source of inspiration for his starting Apple Inc.
Honors and awards
Wozniak speaking at a conference in Paradise Valley, Arizona in 2017
In 1979, Wozniak was awarded the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award. In 1985, he received the National Medal of Technology (with Steve Jobs) from US President Ronald Reagan.
In December 1989, he received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Later he donated funds to create the “Woz Lab” at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1998, he was named a Fellow of the Computer History Museum “for co-founding Apple Computer and inventing the Apple I personal computer.”
The city of San Jose named a street “Woz Way” in his honor.
In September 2000, Wozniak was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and in 2001 he was awarded the 7th Annual Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment.
The American Humanist Association awarded him the Isaac Asimov Science Award in 2011.
In December 2005, Wozniak was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Kettering University.
He also received honorary degrees from North Carolina State University and Nova Southeastern University, and the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology.
In May 2011, Wozniak received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Michigan State University. In June 2012, Wozniak was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Santa Clara University.
He was awarded the Global Award of the President of Armenia for Outstanding Contribution to Humanity Through IT in 2011.
On February 17, 2014, in Los Angeles, Wozniak was awarded the 66th Hoover Medal from IEEE President & CEO J. Roberto de Marca. The award is presented to an engineer whose professional achievements and personal endeavors have advanced the well-being of humankind and is administered by a board representing five engineering organizations: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Society of Civil Engineers; the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers; and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
The New York City Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization presented their 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Wozniak on October 16, 2014 at the American Museum of Natural History.
In November 2014, Industry Week added Wozniak to the Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
On June 19, 2015, Wozniak received the Legacy for Children Award from the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. The Legacy for Children Award honors an individual whose legacy has significantly benefited the learning and lives of children. The purpose of the Award is to focus Silicon Valley’s attention on the needs of our children, encouraging us all to take responsibility for their well-being. Candidates are nominated by a committee of notable community members involved in children’s education, health care, human and social services, and the arts. The street address of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is 180 Woz Way.
On June 20, 2015, The Cal Alumni Association (UC Berkeley’s Alumni Association) presented Wozniak with the 2015 Alumnus of the Year Award. “We are honored to recognize Steve Wozniak with CAA’s most esteemed award,” said CAA President Cynthia So Schroeder ’91. “His invaluable contributions to education and to UC Berkeley place him among Cal’s most accomplished and respected alumni.”
In March 2016, High Point University announced that Wozniak will serve as their Innovator in Residence. Wozniak was High Point University’s commencement speaker in 2013. Through this ongoing partnership, Wozniak will connect with High Point University students on a variety of topics and make campus-visits periodically.
Paul Allen and Wozniak at the Living Computer Museum in 2017
In March 2017, Wozniak was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 18 on its list of the 200 Most Influential Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs.
For his contributions to technology, Wozniak has been awarded a number of Honorary Doctor of Engineering degrees, which include the following:
University of Colorado Boulder: 1989
North Carolina State University: 2004
Kettering University: 2005
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale: 2005
ESPOL University in Ecuador: 2008
Michigan State University, in East Lansing 2011
Concordia University in Montreal, Canada: June 22, 2011
State Engineering University of Armenia: November 11, 2011
Santa Clara University: June 16, 2012
University Camilo José Cela in Madrid, Spain: November 8, 2013