Biden names Apple co-founder Steve Jobs posthumously awarded Medal of Freedom

The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the first iPhone in 2007.

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President Joe Biden announced the names on Friday 17 recipients Presidential Medal of Freedom, including the deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

The award is the nation’s highest civilian honor, and the White House said the recipients “embodied the soul of the nation.”

Jobs co-founded Apple in 1975, designing several of the first popular personal computers before leaving the company in 1985. He returned to the company in 1997 and led the development of products such as the iPod and iPhone. Jobs also co-founded Pixar, an animated film company that is now part of Disney.

Jobs died in 2011 at the age of 56 after battling cancer.

“His vision, imagination and creativity have led to inventions that have changed and continue to change the way the world communicates, as well as transform the computer, music, film and wireless industries,” the White House said in a statement.

The White House will present the awards on Thursday.

Other Notable Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients Announced on Friday include:

  • Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles
  • Former U.S. Representative Gabriel Giffords
  • The late sen. John McCain
  • World and Olympic Champion Megan Rapino
  • Late AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
  • Actor Denzel Washington