One of the most prestigious awards for recognition of achievement in a certain profession in the UK is a knighthood. Now Jonathon Ive of Apple has received this reward for his contribution to the company, allowing him to put the title of ‘Sir’ before his name. For those that are unfamiliar with Ive, he has been Apple’s head designer since 1997.
The news was revealed New Year’s Eve when a list of those being honored was published. Many argue that Ive’s contribution to the company has been key to their recent success. The minimalistic Apple design has become a trademark and the style has made the company’s products attractive to many people. The products Ive has revolutionized with his design techniques included the iPad, iPhone, iPod and MacBook and iMac.
Originally from Essex, England Ive’s influences include Braun’s Dieter Rams. By receiving this award and title of Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, he has proved that anyone with outstanding contribution in a certain subject or area can achieve the same recognition. Check out the BBC article on Ive’s knighthood for more details about the man himself.
Other names that made the list of those being honored were Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim who are both professors at the University of Manchester. Their knighthood is given for their outstanding contribution to science. According to reports both won the Nobel Prize previously for their revolutionary work in graphene research, a substance which is used in post-silicon electronics.
Computer Scientist Ursula Martin, Artificial Intelligence veteran Alan Bundy and the University of Surrey’s vice-chancellor and Government technology advisor Christopher Snowden were also among those named in the honors list.
What do you think of this honorable reward? Do you think Jonathon Ive deserved his knighthood?