Apple's chief design officer Jony Ive today received the Professor Hawking Fellowship from the Cambridge Union Society. Ive is the second ever recipient of the prize, which was created last year to recognize contributions to STEM fields and social discourse.
As noted by Varsity, Ive was announced as the recipient of the Professor Hawking Fellowship during a ceremony today at Cambridge Union.
Ive, who is responsible for the design of the iMac, iPod, MacBook Air, iPhone and iPad, is an honorary at Jesus College. He owns more than 5,000 patents and was knighted in 2006 for his & # 39; services to the design industry.
To choose this year's Hawking Fellowship recipient, the Hawking Committee & # 39; of the Cambridge Union 14 prominent figures in STEM fields enumerated, and then three Cambridge academics each had a rank.
The Hawking Fellowship was founded in 2017 by the Cambridge Union Society, in collaboration with Professor Stephen Hawking.
The Union Society approached Hawking about the establishment of a fellowship in its name at the end of 2017, with the intention of recognizing Hawking's contribution to Cambridge, the academic world and rights for the disabled. Hawking delivered the inaugural fellowship lecture in November 2017, in one of his latest public appearances before his death in March 2018.
Ive was touted by Charles Connor, Cambridge Union Society President for Michaelmas 2018, as one of the "most influential persons in modern technology."
Ive will now give a lecture during the first academic period in the Debating Chamber of the University of Cambridge. He is expected to give a "reflection on his career, split up with a more general reflection on technology and design as a whole."