Apple's Jonathan Ive Awarded Knighthood

ive hero20110204BBC reports that Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive, has been awarded a knighthood in the United Kingdom.

Mr Ive, who can now style himself Sir Jonathan, has been made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE).

Ive began work at Apple in 1992, but found himself frustated during the early years before Jobs' return. Ive is seen as responsible for many of the iconic designs coming out of Apple over the past decade. Jobs described Ive as his "spiritual partner" and had given him complete operational freedom at Apple.

Mercury News quotes a statement from Ive, reacting to the news.

"I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making,'' Ive, 44, said in a statement. "To be recognized with this honour is absolutely thrilling and I am both humbled and sincerely grateful. I discovered at an early age that all I've ever wanted to do is design. I feel enormously fortunate that I continue to be able to design and make products with a truly remarkable group of people here at Apple."

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Top Rated Comments

gkpm Avatar
163 months ago
This is "honor" is so *** stupid.

I am ashamed to be a human sometimes
Yes, jealousy is part of being human.
Score: 57 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chundles Avatar
163 months ago
Can someone explain why knighthood is important and what it is for the American readers?

Wikipedia can do that.

Congrats to Sir Jonathan!
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GQB Avatar
163 months ago
This is "honor" is so *** stupid.

I am ashamed to be a human sometimes
I join in being ashamed of you.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nomadski Avatar
163 months ago
Can someone explain why knighthood is important and what it is for the American readers?

Well Ive is British, and a Knighthood is one of the biggest honours our country can bestow upon someone, recognising excellence in their work, and their impact in the world. Its a pretty big deal to British people who receive an award like this. Plus you can replace Mr with Sir...

The relevance to international readers on this site is purely news relating to a senior and well known Apple employee.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WeegieMac Avatar
163 months ago
The sheer volume of arrogance, ignorance, insolence, and morbidly uneducated comments in this thread are an embarrassment to those who make them and to Americans in general, and detract from those who have been genuine in their questions and comments.

The terminology of a Knighthood does not mean you are any more important or part of any special club with exclusive permissions over anyone else. It's simply an acknowledgment from your nation that you have contributed to the world and that Britain is proud of you, your achievements, and what you've contributed.

Anyone, and I mean anyone, who thinks that a Knighthood and any reference to the British "Empire" means that we Brits still believe we are, in fact, an Empire just shows up a complete lack of education and a massive degree of ignorance to the traditions of another nation. Every single Brit knows that the British Empire is no more, we were taught as much in Primary School in basic history, but giving Knighthoods to those from our nation of whom we are proud is not an indication of us trying to revive a dead Empire.

We're simply proud of a Brit doing well for himself on such a scale, contributing to the world via his designs and work, and recognising him as such with an honour.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dkersten Avatar
163 months ago
I would just like to say that not all of us Americans are so ignorant and disrespectful, only a select few that give us a bad name.

BTW I think this is pretty awesome as Sir Jon has done great work which is evidenced by pretty much every Apple device in the past 15 years
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)