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Cook, Isaacson make TIME list; Ive nominated for UK award

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Wed April 18, 2012

Ive up against Bansky, Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Two Apple-related personalities have made TIME's annual list of the 100 most influential people. Among these is the company's CEO, Tim Cook; the TIME essay on him is written by Al Gore, who has served on Apple's board of directors for about nine years. "It is difficult to imagine a harder challenge than following the legendary Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple. Yet Tim Cook, a soft-spoken, genuinely humble and quietly intense son of an Alabama shipyard worker and a homemaker, hasn't missed a single beat," Gore writes.

"Fiercely protective of Jobs' legacy and deeply immersed in Apple's culture, Cook, 51, has already led the world's most valuable and innovative company to new heights while implementing major policy changes smoothly and brilliantly.

"He has indelibly imprinted his leadership on all areas of Apple -- from managing its complex inner workings to identifying and shepherding new 'insanely great' technology and design breakthroughs into the product pipeline."

The other Apple-connected person on TIME's list is actually Walter Isaacson, who has written biographies about Jobs, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein. His TIME essay is by former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright. "This is influence of the best species, educating us while demonstrating the continued fascination of the seriously examined life, rendered by Isaacson with the objectivity of a true historian and the flair of a born storyteller. But what most separates Isaacson, 59, from would-be peers is his wisdom in choosing subjects whose individual talents have affected all our lives," she says.

Apple's senior VP of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive, has meanwhile been shortlisted for a British Visionary Innovator award. The competition is run by the Intellectual Property Office, and is intended to promote World Intellectual Property Day. While Ive is credited with much of the look and feel of Apple's products, he faces intense competition. This includes the likes of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web; James Goodfellow, who created ATMs; fellow industrial designer Sir James Dyson, and Sir Ian Wilmut, who cloned Dolly the sheep. Some celebrity candidates are TV producer Simon Cowell, Harry Potter writer JK Rowling, and graffiti artist Banksy.

The public can now vote on candidates until 5PM local time on April 24th.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Le Flaneur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why Isaacson?

    Isaacson shouldn't be on the list. He really isn't influential at all. His biography of Jobs is appallingly mediocre.

  1. chas_m



    Compared to what?

    Yeah, there are areas in Isaacson's bio where I feel he did less than he could. But what are you comparing it to? YOUR biography of Jobs?

    Isaacson's "fault" in my view was that he is not a technologist, and therefore didn't write up much in the way of technical details like we nerds wanted. But what we want isn't of much interest to the public, and wasn't his brief anyway. His mission (at least as he saw it) was to dig into Steve's past and his actions, words and behaviour to sort out who he was. I think he succeeded in that, I think he documented his life and the impression of his colleagues pretty well actually.

    Isaacson's other bios are perhaps better (since you have the luxury of not having to deal with a living, changing, quixotic person), but in presenting who Steve was to the public I think he did just fine. It's not like it will be the only bio of Steve to ever come out.

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