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Apple's iPod Designer Gets Royal Honor

Queen Elizabeth has bestowed upon London-born Jonathan Ive, chief designer of Apple's iPod, a royal title.


Queen Elizabeth awarded London-born Jonathan Ive the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). The title recognizes Ive's achievements in industrial design as leader of the team that produced the iPod, the iMac, the iBook and the Powerbook product lines during his 13-year career at Apple.

Ive joined Apple Computer Inc. in 1992, and by 1995 led the company's design team. CBE is the third most senior rank among the five British classes of chivalry. It was created in 1917 by King George V to honor noncombatants during World War I. Only the first two orders qualify for knighthood.

The Business Science and Technology category made up 16 percent of the awards. There were 915 recipients in the Prime Minister's list of recommendations this year, although not all received honors. Women accounted for 37% of the list with 27 percent at CBE and above. Education made up 10 percent. Health and social services made up 8%. The Cultural Economy comprised 6 percent. Sports made up 5.3 percent.

The Honours List pays tribute to outstanding achievement and service. The aim is to reward those people who have made a difference and have given outstanding service to others in difficult situations. Others honored went to those who responded to the terrorist attacks in London and to the Indian Ocean tsunami.

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