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Steve Wozniak: biography
Stephen Gary Wozniak, better known as Steve Wozniak, an American inventor, electronics engineer, who along with Steve jobs created became the world famous company «Apple». It was he who designed the first personal computers and the development of the industry.
Steve was born in the Californian city of San Jose, in the family of Margaret Kern and her husband Jacob Wozniak. The boy’s father was an engineer, and it was from him Steve, whose childhood everybody called by the nickname «Woz», learned all the tricks of the electronics. Still very young he collected a system of internal communication and joined six bedrooms of neighboring homes to chat with friends without leaving home.
In the fourth grade Wozniak self-assembled receiver and transmitter, studied the Morse code and with the help of my father got the license of Amateur radio. And after 4 years of the teenager on the basis of binary numbers assembled electronic calculator, however, it was quite impressive. With transistors and diodes Steve was on, but with the girls it was very difficult. Chunky and stooped, Wozniak has not caused the big interest in the opposite sex, so I got wrapped up in electronics.
After school the boy goes to Colorado University, but studied there only a year: the parents have no money for expensive training. He transferred to a less prestigious College where ANSA, however, soon throws it. But as a College student, Steve met with his namesake jobs. Brought them commercial scheme: a young engineer Wozniak created the device «Blue box» to crack paid telephone networks, and the young merchant jobs is the established sales of this device.
In 1975, Wozniak leaves the University, gets a job in the company «Hewlett Packard» and sits behind the creation of the personal computer of own production. He focused on the miniaturization and mounted the so-called «in a briefcase». As confessed Steve later, he built his first «Apple I», free to share it with others.
After learning about the invention of Steve jobs has offered to organize his own firm and to establish industrial production of the device. First, Wozniak was skeptical, but succumbed to the entreaties, thinking that it will be an interesting adventure. In 1976, the boys have registered a company «Apple» and soon received its first order.
Going computers actually «on my knees» — in the bedrooms and in the garage. When it has sold more than 250 pieces, Wozniak went from «Hewlett Packard» and focused on new versions of their offspring. He added color graphics, the possibility to display not only text, but images. Computer «Apple II» made a breakthrough in the electronics market. The company’s shares jumped in price, and Steve Wozniak together with Steve jobs became a millionaire.
Life after Apple
In 1987, having worked at Apple for 12 years, Steve Wozniak left the company. Although he still has a stake, therefore there is a worker and even gets a salary. A gifted engineer, he founded his own firm, «CL9» and began to develop a remote control. It was his idea of a universal remote control that can switch between multiple devices.
Interestingly, Steve jobs is very zealously carried out the new brainchild of Wozniak and even forbade suppliers of electronic components to sell the required goods under the threat of termination of its contract with Apple. Steve Wozniak was very disappointed in the old friend, but found new suppliers.
Another firm he organized in 2001. The company «Wheels Of Zeus» has created a wireless GPS technology which in modified form is now very popular. Also Wozniak was engaged in teaching in the school, was a patron of the Children’s discovery Museum and the computer history Museum in San Jose. By the way, one of the streets near the children’s Museum was renamed in honor of Wozniak called «the Woz Way».
The first wife of Steve Wozniak was Alice Robertson. She was a public figure and was in the order of the Eastern star, associated with the masons. To spend more time with his wife, Wozniak also joined the «Brotherhood of free masons» and even got the third degree, although they never share the views of this society. Steve and Alice have lived together for about four years, but in 1980, divorced.
In February 1981, Steve Wozniak was flying over the wedding rings, as has already been engaged with the employee «Apple» Candace Clark. But the plane crashed, and the inventor received a head injury that led to amnesia. He could not remember the last few days of his life, including catastrophe, and the hospital.
Thanks to beloved Steve gradually regained his health and married Candace. Wife gave him two sons and a daughter. In addition, in that period, Wozniak returned to the University and graduated, though under an assumed name rocky Clark. But second marriage did not survive time in 1987, Wozniak and Clark broke up.
Three years later, husband met a former classmate, Susan Mulkern, which at the time was the head cheerleader. They married in 1990 but after 14 years divorced. Then the businessman met with comedian Kathy Griffin, and the last six years, Steve Wozniak is married to businesswoman Janet hill.