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  • Steve Jobs Passes Einstein, Edison, and Gates Among Top Engineering Heroes


    Apple CEO Steve Jobs has leapfrogged ahead of some legendary names on a new list honoring the great all-time heroes in engineering. A recent survey of 900 British engineering undergraduates by General Electric aimed to find the greatest engineering heroes who ever lived.

    Surpassing the likes of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and even Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs placed third overall on the list - ahead of Bill Gates but behind Isambard Kingdom Brunel and James Dyson, of Dyson vaccum fame - who pioneered the first Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner. Fittingly, Dyson really "cleaned up" when it came to this list, "sucking" the top spot away from the other prominent names on the list

    Also turning up among the top ten were Nikola Tesla, Frank Whittle, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. Of the esteemed assembly of legendary names, Mark Elborne, President and CEO of GE UK, said: "Our research shows that iconic figures - both historic and modern - continue to inspire a new generation of engineers. We continue to see the impact of these icons all around us today; and our research shows that we have a proud tradition of pioneers and innovators in this country, which should be celebrated."

    "With the very significant environmental, energy and healthcare challenges we face today and will face in the future, it is critical that we continue to inspire young people into engineering and science, nurturing future generations of Brunels, Newtons and Edisons," Elborne concluded.

    Source: PC World
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Steve Jobs Passes Einstein, Edison, and Gates Among Top Engineering Heroes started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 62 Comments
    1. EJB1188's Avatar
      EJB1188 -
      Steve Jobs passes Einstein....doubtful.
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      Truly pathetic compilation of useless data.
    1. Chrisg828's Avatar
      Chrisg828 -
      He// yah!!!!!!
      That's why apple rocks!!!
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      Quote Originally Posted by EJB1188 View Post
      Steve Jobs passes Einstein....doubtful.
      Agree
    1. Dark_Ninja's Avatar
      Dark_Ninja -
      Our society is so stupid. What a pathetic and sad comparison.
    1. yair_213's Avatar
      yair_213 -
      Oh wow thats bulls****. How can u compare newton and einstein to steve jobs. One is a business man. The other two were scientists for te greater good not for profit.
    1. chstriker11's Avatar
      chstriker11 -
      I'm sorry.. ahead of Nikola Tesla? The most influential electrical engineer in history? The one who pretty much started the second industrial revolution? I'm a fanboy.. but wow...
    1. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      Quote Originally Posted by EJB1188 View Post
      Steve Jobs passes Einstein....doubtful.
      Ummm I didn't know that the iPhone was more important than Relativity, or the man that basically laid the framework for all of modern physics. I guess I better tell my boss we picked the wrong field of work.

      Edit: Also did we already forget the antenna issue? Sounds like engineering 101 is not required to get on this list.
    1. Axecaster's Avatar
      Axecaster -
      So, it's possible to become an engineering hero by merely managing other engineers? (What Apple does is a footnote of importance compared to actual scientists).
    1. Lohand's Avatar
      Lohand -
      Exactly! Sorry but those "900 British engineering undergraduates" are retards. Sayin...
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      Funniest thing I've read all week. He is a man to be admired for many reasons, but not above the others mentioned here.
    1. !zy's Avatar
      !zy -
      Why is it that now days the news article on modmyi seems like other tabloid papers filled with nonsense, no he might have over taken Einstein but me personally and logically don't think jobs will ever pass Einstein more will unless he actually creates new technology. iPhone and iPod are not new technology bit old one technology improved.


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    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Ninja View Post
      Our society is so stupid. What a pathetic and sad comparison.
      Not ours, British Engineer undergrad students...
      Useless article in England posted here is even more useless because it does not apply in U.S....
      Steve Jobs as one of the greatest Sales Person I might believe, engineer? No.
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      I guess the world is better off, now that Apple brought the mp3 player & tablet to market. What would we do with out them?
      I think those 900 engineers need to lay off the drugs...or maybe start taking some.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Steve Jobs does not deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as any of these people. What he has done is nothing compared to any of them. What a joke. Just shows how stupid and influenced people are. Steve Jobs is an admirable man for his accomplishments, but he's absolutely nothing compared to Einstein and Tesla. For cripes sake, Tesla was one of the greatest minds to ever live and changed the world with his inventions at least three times in his life!
    1. x12_Carnage's Avatar
      x12_Carnage -
      So Steve Jobs surpasses Thomas Edison,Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton!?!? Wow that's awful :P
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      I am now questioning British higher education system.
      Undergrad students to boot...
    1. Timstanley's Avatar
      Timstanley -
      Shame on you, engineering undergraduates
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Oh, brother. It looks like General Electric is trying to maneuver itself into the good graces of Apple.

      Don't be surprised if GE is trying to bolster Apple's stocks for selfish reasons. GE is a for-profit corporation - they don't do anything that's not related to money.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Not ours, British Engineer undergrad students...
      Useless article in England posted here is even more useless because it does not apply in U.S....
      Steve Jobs as one of the greatest Sales Person I might believe, engineer? No.

      I couldn't agree more. It was only a survey done by /students/ anyways....