Steve Wozniak receives 2015 SAI Craftsmanship Award


Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer and inventor of the first personal computer, received the Stone Age Institute’s 2015 annual Award for Outstanding Craftsmanship. The award was presented to him in California and was given “for his contributions to computer technology, design, and entrepreneurship”.

Wozniak received an engraved plaque with a mounted replica of a prehistoric Acheulean flint handaxe, symbolizing the direct connection between ancient technology and the modern world. He was fascinated by the handaxe as well as by the cast of a Homo erectus skull that was presented to him, and asked numerous questions about these.

Kathy Schick and Nick Toth had some quality time with Steve and his wife Janet discussing human evolution, the evolution of technology, and science education. The Wozniaks were presented with all of the Stone Age Institute Press publications as well as a CD of songs about evolution by the Stone Age Institute Band.

Said Toth, “What a great guy! Wozniak is a perfect blend of genius, inquisitiveness, enthusiasm, and humor”. Kathy Schick remarked, “How many people can honestly say they have changed the course of history, and have impacted the lives of billions of people for the better?”

Wozniak later emailed Schick and Toth, saying “What you are doing is so good and special… Do continue the good work.”