The co-founder of the multinational Apple, Steve Jobsis one of the American personalities who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on July 7.
Passed away in 2011 at the age of 56, the entrepreneur will be honored for the innovations and changes he brought to the computer, film and music industry. According to the official announcement from the White House, President Joe Biden will posthumously award his prize alongside great American figures such as Simone Biles, John McCain, Julieta García and Denzel Washington.
A final recognition for Steve Jobs
17 civilians will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by the President of the United States this year. Among them, Steve Jobs will be honored posthumously for “ vision, imagination and creativity […] that led him to change the way the world communicates “, emphasizes the communicated White House press release.
This award is given annually to individuals who “have made an exemplary contribution to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, to world peace, or to other societal endeavours, public or private.” For Steve Jobs, the medal marks the ultimate recognition of his work and its impacts before and after his death.
Other outstanding characters rewarded
In addition to Steve Jobs, personalities who have distinguished themselves in other areas will be awarded the medal at the White House. Movie star and national spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 25 years, Denzel Washington, is among the nominees. The list includes Megan Rapinoe, the national team footballer who works for gender pay equity, racial justice and LGBTQI+ rights.
He will also present the medal to lesser-known people like Sandra Lindsay. This intensive care nurse served at the front of hospitals during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is the first American to have received a coronavirus vaccine without a clinical trial.