January 2, 2012
Award-Winning Apple Designer Ive Knighted In The UK
The British-born designer of some of Apple's most successful products, including the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad, was honored with a knighthood by the Queen during a ceremony this past weekend, various media outlets have reported.
Jonathan "Jony" Ive, 44, currently serves as the Cupertino, California company's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, according to Telegraph Technology Editor Shane Richmond.
Ive, who was born in Chingford, north London, and studied at the University of Northumbria before joining Apple in 1992, received a KBE (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from the Queen "for services to design and enterprise," Richmond added.
"To be recognized with this honor is absolutely thrilling and I am both humbled and sincerely grateful," Ive said in a statement, according to Alex Veiga of the Associated Press (AP). "I discovered at an early age that all I've ever wanted to do is design. I feel enormously fortunate that I continue to be able to design and make products with a truly remarkable group of people here at Apple."
"Ive made his reputation with a string of successful product designs, starting with the candy-colored, translucent iMacs," Richmond reported on Saturday. "As the company's fortunes began to improve, Ive led his design team in creating the iPod, iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air and many more distinctive products“¦ His products have won a huge range of awards, including the prestigious Industrial Design Excellence Award in the USA, and the London Design Museum´s Designer of the Year award."
The KBE marked the second time that Ive received royal honors. In 2006, he was presented with a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) commendation for achievements in British design and innovation, Veiga said.
Prior to his death, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had strong praise for Ive. According to Richmond, Jobs once told biographer Walter Isaacson that Ive was "not just a designer. That's why he works directly for me. He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me. There's no one who can tell him what to do, or to butt out. That's the way I set it up."
Among the other luminaries honored during this weekend's New Years Honours ceremony were Oxford church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch, who was also knighted; University of Bath Vice-Chancellor Glynis Breakwell and Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overy in Soutwark head Sylvia Morris, both of whom were made dames; and Nobel Prize winning Manchester University physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who were knighted, according to Guardian reporter Stephen Bates.
The honors are bestowed twice each year - once at the beginning of the New Year, and once on the Queen's birthday - the AP reported on Sunday.
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