A number of Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering have spent their careers in the world of computing, and many came across Steve Jobs as part of their work.
Here, Academy Fellows respond to the sad news of Steve Jobs’ death.
Lord Broers FREng FRS, Past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, who met Steve Jobs several times, said: “Steve Jobs possessed a unique combination of talents – he had a very sophisticated view of what technology was capable of coupled with an innate understanding of what non-technical people would be willing to buy and use. He assembled a superb team of engineers and had the vision to found a company large enough to push forward the technology.”
Sir Robin Saxby FREng, founding CEO and Chairman of ARM, which has worked closely with Apple since its inception in 1990, said: “Steve Jobs was a passionate visionary, who founded companies, both Apple and Pixar, where he installed a culture of innovation and style, where the only acceptable metric is achieving the impossible. I am sure that the people in these companies will strive for even greater achievement in the future. The initial seed funding for ARM came from Apple and Apple executives who served on ARM's board as Non Execs made a significant contribution to ARM, especially in the early days. Unfortunately Steve is no longer with us but his legacy lives on.”
Warren East FREng, current CEO of ARM, said: “The team at ARM are saddened to hear that Steve Jobs has passed away. His influence on the industry and the way that consumers interact with technology is far reaching. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family.”