Steve Jobs – a History of an Innovator
We all know Steve Jobs (Steven Poul Jobs) as the creator and CEO of Apple. The evolution of Apple and the success of its products will be his legacy in the long run, but it is interesting to learn about how he ascended to where he ended up being. Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955 and is of Syrian and German descent. His biological parents – Abdulfattah Jandali (father) and Joanne Carole Schieble (mother) were still students and couldn’t afford to rise the child. Jobs was adopted soon after his birth and grew up predominately in Mountain View, California. He was introduced electronics at very young age by his father Paul Reinhold Jobs who worked for a company that made lasers called Spectra Physics, and his mother who was an accountant for one of the first high-tech firms. As a matter of fact Clara, Steve’s mother, had a job in The Silicon Valley long before he did. His father had never graduated from high school, but he was a smart man and was passionate about making and repairing different things. He was a great mechanic and this helped him to earn some additional income for the family. He had a workshop in the garage, where the young Steve Jobs loved spending time with him. Steve loved helping his father. He admired his passion and was astonished by the attention he payed to every single detail of the things he made.
Jobs attended public middle school and high school in Cupertino, California and there he met one of the influences that would not only shape his high school years, but many years to come. It is there that he met Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and the two clicked right away. He was not really a sociable student, and he didn’t make many friends there. One of the reasons for that was that the young Steve had completely different interests than his mates. He was just a lot smarter than most of them and instead of doing some ordinary boys’ things, he preferred to dedicate his time to what he adored – technology. During that time he got his first job, which was screwing some nuts and bolts on an assembly line in Hewlett Packard factory. He worked only during the summer, when he was free of school and he loved that job, because electronics was his biggest passion.