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Apple's Ive wins British Visionary award by large margin

updated 02:15 am EDT, Fri April 27, 2012

Bests WWW inventor Berners-Lee, JK Rowling, more

After being mentioned as on the shortlist last week, Sir Jonathan Ive has now been awarded the British Visionary Innovator award, a competition run by the Intellectual Property office in the UK to promote IP awareness. Ive was up against some very notable competition, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee who invented the World Wide Web; fellow industrial designer and engineer Sir James Dyson, and even Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

Despite an impressive list of nominees that also included James Goodfellow (creator of the automatic teller machine), computer innovator Alan Turing, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Clive Sinclair (inventor of the early ZX80 personal computer), the cast of Monty Python and scientist Sir Ian Wilmut (famous for cloning Dolly the sheep), Ive ran away with the vote. He won with almost half of the votes cast (46.6 percent), with Berners-Lee far behind in second at 18.8 percent.

Ive has collected a number of awards over the past year, from Designer of the Year awards from various UK societies to being knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Ive is credited with a number of forward-looking designs with Apple over the years, beginning with the ill-fated but still well-regarded 20th Anniversary Mac, to the more familiar designs of the iPod, iPhone, iMac (various incarnations), MacBook Air and iPad, among others.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Don't make me laugh. Dyson makes the worst vacuum cleaners. They suck because they don't suck. Their fans blow, because they just don't blow.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ....."Sir Tim Berners-Lee who invented the World Wide Web"

    I thought Al Gore invented World Wide Web?

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    HAHAHAHA that's very funny and very original!

    No, wait. It's neither funny nor original... nor true. Right-wing liars have convinced you that Al Gore said he invented the internet, when he never said anything of the kind.

    What he in fact said was:

    During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

    And this is entirely true. Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn:

    while serving as Senator, Gore's
    initiatives had a significant and beneficial effect on the still-evolving
    Internet. The fact of the matter is that Gore was talking about and
    promoting the Internet long before most people were listening.

    In fact, Al Gore was inducted into the "Internet Hall of Fame" earlier this week.

    You lose, Coffeetime. But thanks for playing.

  1. mac_in_tosh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And the reality distortion field persists

    He won over Alan Turing? Give me a break. For what - putting a few rounded corners on some metal?

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    JK Rowling!

    Why didn't she win? She invented an imaginary machine that makes money by magic! ;-)

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tough call!

    Jonathan Ive or Monty Python. That's a tough one. Either's influence on the world is pretty big. Hmmmm...

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