Steve Wozniak

Computer Scientist

Born: 11 August 1950
Birthplace: San Jose, California
Best known as: The co-founder of Apple Computers who wasn't Steve Jobs

Name at birth: Stephen Gary Wozniak

Known to the world simply as "Woz," Steve Wozniak is the computer whiz who with Steve Jobs created the Apple Computer company in 1976. Wozniak was the computer guru, Jobs the design and business brains, and together they created the early Apple personal computers and the iconic Apple brand. Wozniak left full-time work with the company in 1985 and has since devoted himself to education and philanthropy. He continues to live in Silicon Valley, where he has acquired the status of jovial industry icon. He received the National Medal of Technology in 1985. In 2009 he gained a new kind of fame when he appeared as a contestant on the TV series Dancing With the Stars. His autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, was published in 2006.

Extra credit: Wozniak began attending the University of California at Berkeley in 1971; he finally returned to school and got his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science in 1986... He dated comedian Kathy Griffin from 2007-2008 and appeared several times on her show My Life on the D-List... Wozniak's online biography says that he became a Freemason in 1980, and is currently a "lifetime member Charity Lodge Campbell CA but not active."

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