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Today's Birthday, August 11

AAP logoAAP 10/08/2016

reator of Apple (1950-).

Computer engineer Steve Wozniak began a computing revolution by co-founding Apple and inventing the Apple II personal computer.

Born on August 11, 1950 in San Jose, California, Wozniak was fascinated by electronics from an early age, building a HAM radio at age 11 and a transistor-powered calculator for a high school science fair.

Soon after dropping out of university in 1971, he met Steve Jobs, with whom he began building "blue boxes" that allowed people to make cheap long-distance phone calls.

Combining Jobs' knack for business and Wozniak's computing ingenuity, the two - from Jobs' garage - produced the first Apple computer in 1976.

With the income from the sales of the Apple I, Wozniak began constructing a greatly improved machine with better parts and functionality.

The Apple II personal computer featured a coloured screen, a central processing unit, a keyboard and a floppy disc drive.

When it hit the market in 1977, the revolutionary product effectively launched the era of personal computers.

By the end of the 1970s the duo were selling thousands of machines per day.

A 1981 plane crash saw Wozniak take several years off work and, soon after his return in 1985, a number of personal disagreements with Jobs led to Wozniak's resignation.

That same year he was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the US president, the highest honour an American inventor can be awarded.

He divorced his second wife in 1987, shortly before the birth of the couple's third child.

Wozniak embarked on a number of philanthropic projects following his time with Apple, installing computers in classrooms and running teaching courses on software technology.

In 2006, Wozniak published his autobiography iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon.

Shortly after Jobs died in 2011, Wozniak's character appeared in a biographical drama titled Steve Jobs.

Wozniak said the film had him saying negative things directly to people.

"Anybody who knows me will tell you I just don't say negative things to people, and could not have said them, and didn't," Wozniak said following the film's release.

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