A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist, Steve founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs in 1976. He helped shape the computer industry with the launch of the Apple I Personal Computer (PC). The Apple II offered a central processing unit, keyboard, color graphics, and floppy disk drive. For his Apple achievements, Steve received the National Medal of Technology from President Ronald Reagan in 1985.
After leaving Apple in 1985, Steve founded various business and philanthropic ventures. He adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with computers and training. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame. Steve was awarded the Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy, and Employment for designing the PC and working with grade school students and teachers. He also founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation and helped found the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet, and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.