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White House awards highest civilian honor to Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs gives one of many keynote addresses.
Steve Jobs gives one of many keynote addresses.
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The White House said Friday it would award late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his world-changing contributions to society.

That’s the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

White House to award Steve Jobs the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously for his revolutionary contributions

President Joe Biden noted 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year, a list that includes the late Apple co-founder.

Honorees also include actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and late senators John McCain and Alan Simpson.

The White House will present the awards on July 7.

Jobs died in 2011 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

He made the recipient list thanks to his role in revolutionizing the technology industry and adjacent sectors, according to the White House.

“His vision, imagination and creativity led to inventions that have, and continue to, change the way the world communicates, as well as transforming the computer, music, film and wireless industries,” the White House press briefing said.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is “presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors.”