UI professor remembers Steve Jobs as a pioneer

     Just days after his passing, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs is already being remembered in Champaign as a pioneer in the world of technology. 

     University of Illinois Computer Science professor Roy Campbell has been an avid follower of Jobs' career.

     He says, simply put, Jobs will be remembered as being larger than life in the world of technology.

Hear from Roy Campbell on how Steve Jobs will be remembered.

     Campbell says that Jobs was a man who didn't take "no" for an answer, and that was just one of the many qualities that made him so successful. 

     He says it weren't for Jobs' persistent demeanor, some of the innovations he brought to the world of technology may not have seen the light of day.

Hear from Roy Campbell on the character traits of Steve Jobs.

     Campbell says that because of Jobs' efforts, computers and cell phones are now more often than not seen as a fundamental part of life and not a luxury.

Hear from Roy Campbell on the role of computers and cell phones.

     Campbell says that without Jobs, the United States would be significantly behind the curve when it comes to the latest technology with computers and cell phones.
     He says for that fact alone, taking time out to reflect on Jobs' life and contributions is the right thing to do.

Hear from Roy Campbell on remembering the life of Steve Jobs.

      To listen to our full interview with Roy Campbell, click here.

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Mike wrote on October 07, 2011 at 12:10 am

Wow. What a fantastic story. Because none of the hundreds or the REST OF US that work in information technology know anything about what Steve Jobs has done over the years. Thank goodness we have these sound bites from Roy Campbell. Click here! Click here! Click here!

We get it. I've been using Apple computers since the early 1980s as well. The "I'm an Apple expert" bit is sort of annoying.

Especially annoying, as a computer scientist myself, is the the focus on the "design" of Apple's products which has NOTHING to do with computer science.

But what do I know?

logicalpositivist wrote on October 07, 2011 at 9:10 am

I agree. When I first saw this I was expecting the professor to be a friend or former colleague of Steve Jobs—providing a local connection. Instead, it was just bloviating from an "expert" simply because he teaches CS. What about the other CS profs at the University? Did they feel left out? Hey, I used to read Macworld magazine from time to time, why didn't they ask me to elaborate on Jobs' contribution?

Actually, a random expert in marketing, social psychology, or consumer psychology would have been a more apt choice. Steve Jobs was a consummate marketer and salesman--that was his strength. I’m not sure how much tinkering he did on the actual hardware compared to the Woz or the legions of computer engineering types that Apple currently employs.

This article really didn’t give any information that couldn’t be found in the thousands of generic Reuters/AP style articles floating around.