La regina Elisabetta ha deciso di premiare Jonathan Ive in occasione del Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire…
Jonathan Ive, the designer of Apple Computer Inc.’s wildly popular iPod music player and iMac computer, on Friday was named a commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
London-born Ive, 38, is senior vice president of design at the Cupertino computer company, where he has worked since 1992.
“I am delighted that out of the many Brits working in Silicon Valley, Jonathan has been honored in this way,” British Consul General Martin Uden said in a statement. “His creation of these icons of modern life places him head and shoulders above his contemporaries and shows the relevance to us all of excellence in design. … This is a rare honor to be given to Britons overseas.”
The CBE award was granted Friday by the queen in her annual New Year’s Honors. The commander’s rank is the third-most-senior rank in the order, which was created by King George V in 1917. It is awarded to individuals in recognition of the contribution and service to British interests worldwide.
Last year, Britain’s BBC Three television network placed Ive first in a list of 50 people with the greatest influence on British culture. Ive beat out J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, for the honor.
In 2003, Ive was named designer of the year by the Design Museum in London. He is responsible for the look and feel of all Apple hardware products.