Today, August 11, 68 years old, one of the founders of Apple – Steve Wozniak. 24 techno has prepared a biography of a famous engineer and programmer who considers himself a Ukrainian.
Childhood and adolescence Steve Wozniak
Born Stephen Gary Wozniak in San Jose (California, USA) in the family of an engineer and Housewives. Father Steve – Francis – graduated from the University of technology and worked as an engineer at Lockheed, which is developing homing missiles. In his autobiography Steve later recalled that his father began to acquaint him with the electronics, when the boy was barely 4 years.
The first invention of Steve Wozniak was a calculator
In school, Wozniak was a good athlete, the best runner and baseball player, but most of all, fond of electronics. One of the first inventions Wozniak was a calculator that won in a school competition organized by the BBC. To create Steve learned the Fortran programming language.
Prior to 1975, Steve studied at several universities: the University of Colorado, the University of Den-Asa and UCLA, but he dropped out and decided to do a new, at that time, digital developments. To get a higher education, Steve decided after 11 years. In 1986 he graduated from the University of California and received a bachelor’s degree EECS.
Career and the first steps to the creation of Apple
In 1975, Steve began working at Hewlett-Packard, where he designed calculators. At that time the company was only one computer of its own production, which was used by 80 engineers. With friends – Steve jobs and John Draper Wozniak had been designing devices for FRRO (hacking phone networks and machines with the purpose of getting free calls).
Steve Wozniak and Steve jobs created a prototype of Apple I computer
Together with his school friend Steve jobs – in my parents ‘ garage of Steve jobs, they created a computer model, based on the requests of the Amateurs and enthusiasts of computer case (a prototype of Apple I computer). In the words of Wozniak, the device they designed only to impress the Club members Home Computers in Palo Alto. But then a local merchant with electronic equipment they ordered 25 of these devices.
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Jobs decided that such developments can make good money and have convinced Wozniak. Steve Wozniak left Hewlett-Packard and Vice President of Apple Computer, was registered on 1 APR 1976. So was born the company under a simple and intuitive name for Apple.
Jobs managed to sell to the local electronics store the first batch of computers, and friends had to sell their own things, including calculator Wozniak to raise the necessary funds for the purchase of components.
Steve Wozniak along with Steve jobs founded the company Apple 1
So the Apple I was a breakthrough in the industry, far ahead of its main competitor – the Altair 8800. The first batch of personal computers were sold to a newly minted company at a price of 666,66 dollars apiece. At that time, Wozniak was unaware that the price of the computer is associated with number of the beast – it just added to the cost of the $ 500 margin at 33.3%. Of course, this is all just some sort of coincidence and prejudice.
The first year of operation in the company Steve was engaged in the improvement of their offspring. The next model Apple II was the same simple and easy to use, and also know how to work with graphics. In 1980, the new product appeared on the market and brought friends first millions. But after 12 years, in 1992, the annual income of the company amounted to $ 7 billion.
Steve Wozniak were developing the Apple operating system DOS
In 1978 Wozniak began developing the Apple operating system DOS, and also created a floppy disk controller, the Disk II. Steve tirelessly worked to develop various software for DOS and Apple has created its own programming language called Calvin.
In addition, he managed for 4 days to write the legendary game Breakuot and a set of instructions for 16-bit processor SWEET16. After a plane crash in 1981, Steve was forced to withdraw from the Affairs of the company. During this time he sponsored two large rock festivals, which played legends of rock VanHalen, U2, MotleyCrue, Scorpions and married candy Clark, who later became the mother of three of his children.
In 1983 Wozniak returned to work in the company and worked for Apple since 1987. After leaving the Corporation, Steve created a new company, CL9, which became a leader in the production of remote controls, and also organized a Fund Unuson (Unite Us in Song), who runs a charity.
Steve Wozniak charity
Steve married a second time in 1990, Susan Mulkern. They lived together until 2000. Now Steve Wozniak lives in Los Gatos, California, together with his third wife Janet hill.
If Steve Wozniak is of Ukrainian origin?
In respect of Ukrainian origin, the founder of Apple is legendary, even more, he considers himself a Ukrainian. And if Wozniak is of Ukrainian origin?
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According to one version, the parents of Steve – Margret and Francis – after the Second world war were forced to leave Ukraine and emigrate to the United States. This is one of the most stupid versions. Father Wozniak was born in Michigan and mother come from Washington. Appropriate records have in the US census. For this version of Steve is a native of Bukovina, which at birth was given the name Stepan. However, this fact is not officially documented.
The Slavic origin of Steve’s points and his name. However, he could have ancestors not only in Ukraine but also in Poland, because at that time Ukraine as a state did not exist, and its territory was divided among various public formations. Therefore, it is difficult to identify whether the ancestors of the famous developer were immigrants from Ukraine.
Steve Wozniak is convinced that is of Ukrainian origin
He Wozniak gives a direct answer to the question about the ethnic origin of their parents, he notes that his mother’s family comes from Germany, and my father’s family from Poland, or another neighboring country. Concerning the possibility of Ukrainian origin, he said
A lot of people have asked me, Steve, you’re a pole? Because my last name is Wozniak. I answer: No, I am Ukrainian. I always knew that my last name is Ukrainian. All my life I wanted to come to Ukraine. I somewhat would like to be Ukrainian. These people seem the most like Americans, like myself, from all other Europeans.
In correspondence with the Stach Wozniak, SEO Cargofy, Steve wrote:
“I feel an affinity with Ukraine for his name.”
And September 30, 2017, during a speech at the Forum Olerom 1 in Kiev, Steve Wozniak said directly:
A lot of people have asked me, Steve, you’re a pole? Because my last name is Wozniak. I answer: No, I am Ukrainian.
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