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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. iamkadaj's Avatar
      iamkadaj -
      Dear God...

      Essany, you're coverage is getting ridiculous... and as for the cliches...

      That list, whoever the hell compiled it, is total rubbish and holds no merit.

      Another list created to suck ***!

      Steve Jobs isn't an engineer.. he's a pioneer.

      Einstein was also NOT an engineer!

      Steve Jobs Is an innovator, and he created a fantastic company who's team of 100's pump out amazing products.

      Einstein, Edison and Newton etc were one man bands who discovered , changed, invented and shaped the mould that people like Jobs, Dyson and Gates would use to create their companies.

      Foe god sakes, Edison created the lightbulb in 1880!

      He also invented the phonograph and the first motion picture camera!

      Newton described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, which dominated the scientific view of the physical universe for the next three centuries!

      and he invented the first reflecting telescope!!

      Don't lose sight of reality people!!



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    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      When was the last time Steve Jobs engineered anything?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      To my American friends. Please know that England is in a sorry place right now. Our biggest celebs are a singer (ms cole) who can't sing and a dirty woman called katie price and a chat show host (jeremey kyle) who pulls in more viewers than most shows, prob only beaten by essex. Do not believe anything that come out of this once great nation because clearly this news by some of our smartest is clearly disturbing. Jobs is the man but "sucker please"
      Replace Cole with Bieber, Katie Price with Snookie and Jeremy Kyle with Jerry Springer/Maury/Dr. Phil

      Just saying it's not all roses over there either
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by skolpo View Post
      hey essany, just 'cause one website posted an article about this doesn't mean you have to follow suit. I really hope you will be able to differentiate between valuable, interesting news and biased, skewed jargon the next time you decide to forward other websites' articles.
      amen!!!
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      I though this was a joke lol
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      So what your saying is all you have to be is a smart business person with a smart company to pass some way more important people on the list?
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      yea Jobs may very well be a genius but i do not think he should be ranked above newton and Einstein for sure
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      GROW UP, THERE IS A COLUMN IN NEWS PAPERS CALLED THE GOSSIP OR JUST FUN STORIES LIKE THIS!

      Then he should write for them instead of covering previously covered stories, and bringing bias, and rather useless, information to a site in which the users, "love modifying our iphones." I fail to see the part of this article in which modifying my idevice is presented. Oh wait! It was written by Michael Essany, that means there isn't one!
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iamkadaj View Post
      Dear God...

      Essany, you're coverage is getting ridiculous... and as for the cliches...

      That list, whoever the hell compiled it, is total rubbish and holds no merit.

      Another list created to suck ***!

      Steve Jobs isn't an engineer.. he's a pioneer.

      Einstein was also NOT an engineer!

      Steve Jobs Is an innovator, and he created a fantastic company who's team of 100's pump out amazing products.

      Einstein, Edison and Newton etc were one man bands who discovered , changed, invented and shaped the mould that people like Jobs, Dyson and Gates would use to create their companies.

      Foe god sakes, Edison created the lightbulb in 1880!

      He also invented the phonograph and the first motion picture camera!

      Newton described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, which dominated the scientific view of the physical universe for the next three centuries!

      and he invented the first reflecting telescope!!

      Don't lose sight of reality people!!



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      For christ's sake! He's writing an article about a survey that says they are engineers! And I'm pretty sure your annoying, hateful posts are unwanted.


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    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Replace Cole with Bieber, Katie Price with Snookie and Jeremy Kyle with Jerry Springer/Maury/Dr. Phil

      Just saying it's not all roses over there either
      Hahaha, tell me about it... My sister basically worships Justin Bieber! X(
      You forgot Rebecca Black! And just for the record, whoever decided to make the show "Jersey Shore" needs to be killed before he came up with that idea. (initiate time warp!)

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    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      Then he should write for them instead of covering previously covered stories, and bringing bias, and rather useless, information to a site in which the users, "love modifying our iphones." I fail to see the part of this article in which modifying my idevice is presented. Oh wait! It was written by Michael Essany, that means there isn't one!
      If you don't like what he's writing why are you reading it? And if you really think you can change what you define as a problem then talk to Kyle or Cody. Stop posting hate all the time on all of Messanys stories.


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    1. andypropaganda's Avatar
      andypropaganda -
      Dyson, Brunel, and Jobs were voted top 3 by BRITISH college kids. No ****. Were they the top runners for prom king as well? 1 and 2 are both British so obviously that's a given and Steve Jobs is more popular than HPV among college students so clearly he's going to be unreasonably high. These guys should not be higher than Edison or Einstein. That's Ludacris.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Articles like this contribute to the continuing dumbing down of today's youth. Now some poor kid is going to read this and honestly believe that Jobs is more important historically than Einstein.

      Absolutely pathetic. Modmyi needs to seriously considering hiring someone to serve as an editor to prevent crap like this from being posted.

      *EDIT: Perhaps that was a little harsh - but the title of the post definitely needs to be restructured so that the readers know that it was college age kids who voted on this list...not a true scientific community.
    1. thumper_net's Avatar
      thumper_net -
      Apple just need a vac then to get to the top , an ivac would probably be the name with built in ipod functions
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      If you don't like what he's writing why are you reading it? And if you really think you can change what you define as a problem then talk to Kyle or Cody. Stop posting hate all the time on all of Messanys stories.
      I'm not reading it! In fact i stopped reading it after it said he surpassed Einstein. I would gladly welcome a conversation with whomever is in charge here. Why don't we have a senior editor on staff anyway? So, writers get to post whatever they want on here? And listen, I understand you want to defend your boyfriend and his passionate articles, but there is something called the 1st amendment, maybe you've heard of it. I have NEVER posted "hate" on essany's articles except my extreme discussed at the lack of respect in this article right here! You tell him to be smart in what he chooses to write about! How dare he diminish the great achievements of Newton, Einstein, Franklin, and the like for a guy who's done NOTHING comparable! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

      The caveman that invented the wheel should be ahead of Jobs.
    1. steeda763's Avatar
      steeda763 -
      I smell a 4chan plant...

      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      I'm not reading it! In fact i stopped reading it after it said he surpassed Einstein. I would gladly welcome a conversation with whomever is in charge here. Why don't we have a senior editor on staff anyway? So, writers get to post whatever they want on here? And listen, I understand you want to defend your boyfriend and his passionate articles, but there is something called the 1st amendment, maybe you've heard of it. I have NEVER posted "hate" on essany's articles except my extreme discussed at the lack of respect in this article right here! You tell him to be smart in what he chooses to write about! How dare he diminish the great achievements of Newton, Einstein, Franklin, and the like for a guy who's done NOTHING comparable! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

      The caveman that invented the wheel should be ahead of Jobs.
      I think this article is as ridiculous as you and the next guy, but you can't really argue the 1st Amendment Right while Essany's article is just a product of free speech. It may be incompetent "me too" reposting, but he is free to do so.

      However, I'm going to go ahead and exercise my 1st Amendment Right and say that Essany is a bit of a tool for posting this. If Jobs had invented the computer it'd be a different story. I was pretty offended, to be quite honest.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      I'm not reading it! In fact i stopped reading it after it said he surpassed Einstein. I would gladly welcome a conversation with whomever is in charge here. Why don't we have a senior editor on staff anyway? So, writers get to post whatever they want on here? And listen, I understand you want to defend your boyfriend and his passionate articles, but there is something called the 1st amendment, maybe you've heard of it. I have NEVER posted "hate" on essany's articles except my extreme discussed at the lack of respect in this article right here! You tell him to be smart in what he chooses to write about! How dare he diminish the great achievements of Newton, Einstein, Franklin, and the like for a guy who's done NOTHING comparable! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

      The caveman that invented the wheel should be ahead of Jobs.
      ...


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    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      News flash: in light of the recent developments pertaining to the greatest minds that changed the world, Steve Jobs couldn't sit idle knowing Dyson was considered to be such an innovator above Apple. Mr. Jobs has come forward, and just unveiled the most powerful and smartest vacuum ever. Introducing, the i-Suck.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by teej1410 View Post
      So what your saying is all you have to be is a smart business person with a smart company to pass some way more important people on the list?
      No, with Einstein's grasp on physics he can master engineering easily because it has a lot to do with it as well as math. Probably consider text book as light reading and place it on coffee table. I am sorry but Jobs does not give me the same impression.

      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      For christ's sake! He's writing an article about a survey that says they are engineers! And I'm pretty sure your annoying, hateful posts are unwanted.

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      Well consider the original post has this in it:

      Quote Originally Posted by Michael Essany View Post
      new list honoring the great all-time heroes in engineering
      I think his arguement is valid, I was going to bring up that many people on there are not engineers as well.
      I believe any of the physicist mentioned can easily become an engineer, I would not say the same for Jobs.

      Personally I think most of the students that took this survey have ADD, their attention span stop at "All Time Heros" and ignored "in engineering". I hope I am not giving them too much credit, or else that is one island that may be ready to buy the "Brooklyn Bridge".
    1. dmoore0157's Avatar
      dmoore0157 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lohand View Post
      Exactly! Sorry but those "900 British engineering undergraduates" are retards. Sayin...
      HAHAHA... I couldn't agree more. After all, isn't GE actually one of the groups spear-heading the Green movement? Wasn't Apple recently stated as being the least green company in the World? Iím confused here, how can a group of retards come up with such a list and actually put the likes of Gates and Jobs above the precursors to their success? I like what one person said they were scientist and Jobs is a business man. I am so incredibly sickened by the outrages claims made by such a list. GE you are retards and sadly missed this one by a long shot.

      Tesla created what is our modern network of electricity, and before him Edison created the possibility of light. Without these people Jobs is a know body. Not to mention any kid today in his bedroom can think up the crap apple is producing. Look at the creator of Facebook. I would put him in front of Jobs any day. At least he actually created something with his own two hands.

      I'm glad to see most of you share my sentiment.