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Steve Wozniak
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Wozniak in 2018
Stephen Gary Wozniak

(1950-08-11) August 11, 1950 (age 71)
Other names
  • Woz
  • Berkeley Blue (hacking alias)
  • Rocky Clark (student alias)
Education BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1987
Alma mater
Known for
Net worth c. US$100 million
  • Alice Robertson (m. 1976–1980)
  • Candice Clark (m. 1981–1987)
  • Suzanne Mulkern (m. 1990–2004)
  • Janet Hill (m. 2008)
Partner(s) Kathy Griffin (2007-2008)
Call sign ex-WA6BND (ex-WV6VLY)
Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak, a.k.a. "The Woz"

Steven Gary Wozniak (born August 11, 1950) is an American computer engineer. He is often referred to as "The Woz". He is from San Jose, California. In the 1970s, he and Steve Jobs founded Apple Inc.. Wozniak designed the Apple I and Apple II computers. Wozniak left Apple in the 1980s, but still owns Apple stock. He has founded several other Silicon Valley companies. Wozniak holds the patent for the microcomputer. He once dated Kathy Griffin.

Honors and awards

In 1985, US President Ronald Reagan presented Wozniak (with Steve Jobs) the National Medal of Technology. In December 1989, he received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied in the late sixties. Later he donated funds to create the "Woz Lab" at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1997, the Computer History Museum named him one of its Fellows. Wozniak was a key contributor and benefactor to the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose; the street in front of the museum has been renamed Woz Way in his honor.

In September 2000, Wozniak was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In 2001 he was awarded the 7th Annual Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment. The American Humanist Association awarded him the Isaac Asimov Science Award in 2011.

In December 2005, Kettering University gave Wozniak an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree He also received an honorary degrees from North Carolina State University, Nova Southeastern University, and the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology. In May 2011, Michigan State University gave Wozniak an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.

On June 22, 2011, he was awarded an honorary degree at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Personal life

Wozniak lives in Los Gatos, California. He applied for Australian citizenship in 2012, and has stated that he would like to live in Melbourne, Australia in the future. Wozniak has been referred to frequently by the nickname "Woz", or "The Woz"; he has also been called "The Wonderful Wizard of Woz" and "The Second Steve" (in regard to his early business partner and longtime friend, Steve Jobs). "WoZ" (short for "Wheels of Zeus") is the name of a company Wozniak founded in 2002; it closed in 2006.

Wozniak was married to slalom canoe gold-medalist Candice Clark from June 1981 to 1987. They have three children together. After a high-profile relationship with actress Kathy Griffin, Wozniak married Janet Hill, his current spouse.

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