Lucky Bhumkar's Blog: Apples Co-Founder Steve Paul Jobs Died

Oct 6, 2011

Apples Co-Founder Steve Paul Jobs Died

On Wednesday, the 'Son of Innovation' Steve Jobs died. Apple annonced the death of its visionary co-founder Steve Jobs.

"We are deeply saddened to annouce that Steve P. Jobs Passed away today," the company's board of directors said in a statement.

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of contless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."

Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January, his third since his health problems began, before resigning as CEO six weeks ago. Jobs became Apple's chairman and handed the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.

The Silicon Valley icon who gave the world the iPod and the iPhone resigned as CEO of the world's largest technology corporation in August, handing the reins to current chief executive Tim Cook.

Steven Paul Jobs was born Feb. 24, 1955, to Joanne Simpson, then an unmarried graduate student, and Abdulfattah Jandali, a student from Syria. Simpson gave Jobs up for adoption, though she married Jandali and a few years later had a second child with him, Mona Simpson, who became a novelist.

Steven was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs of Los Altos, Calif., a working-class couple who nurtured his early interest in electronics. He saw his first computer terminal at NASA's Ames Research Center when he was around 11 and landed a summer job at Hewlett-Packard before he had finished high school.

In January 2011, Jobs announced another medical leave, his third, with no set duration. He returned to the spotlight briefly in March to personally unveil a second-generation iPad .

In 2005, following the bout with cancer, Jobs delivered Stanford University's commencement speech.

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life," he said. "Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."

Thanks to his vision, Apple went on to create history. Under his stewardship, Apple created products that redefined industry benchmarks in the past decade and set the bar very high for all competitors around the world. Be it the iPod, iPhone, or reinvention of the tablet computers in iPad, Jobs' babies transcended the border of physical products that had an almost spiritual appeal. Just like Jobs himself, who had once famously visited India to seek spiritual gyan!

Today, Jobs is no more with us. In his death, not just technology or business, but the world in general has lost a visionary who left a big footprint on the modern human civilisation.


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