Steve Jobs Named Second Greatest Innovator Of All Time


January 27, 2012 – 18:36 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Steve Jobs has been named the second greatest
innovator of all time, behind Thomas Edison, in the 2012 Lemelson-MIT
Invention Index.

According to Mashable, the data comes from a survey asking 1,010
Americans ages 16 – 25 to identify the greatest innovator of all time.

The majority of surveyed young Americans – 52% – chose Edison as the
greatest innovator. 24% chose Jobs, followed by Alexander Bell, Marie
Curie and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who received 3% of the votes.

These two figures are doing so well on the list because young adults
feel that the technology Jobs and Zuckerberg helped create greatly
influences their daily lives. For example, 40 percent of respondents
said they couldn’t imagine their life without a smartphone or a tablet.

However, the respondents aren’t so sure whether they’d try to become
innovators themselves. 45 percent said that invention is not given
enough attention in their school, and 28 percent said their education
left them unprepared to enter the fields that lead to innovation,
namely science, technology, engineering or math.

“This year’s survey revealed that less than half of respondents
have done things like used a drill or hand-held power tool, or made
something out of raw materials in the past year. We must engage
students in these types of invention experiences as well as provide
a strong STEM education to drive future innovators,” said Leigh
Estabrooks, the Lemelson-MIT Program’s invention education officer.

The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Initiative grants teams of students up to
$10,000 each, enabling them to pursue a yearlong invention project
addressing real-world issues.

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