Here’s some great news for Apple and Facebook lovers. Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have both been named among the greatest innovators of all time, according to the 2012 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index.
The survey was conducted in America where 1,010 Americans between the age range of 16 to 25 years were surveyed to identify the greatest innovator of all time according to them. While Thomas Edison topped the data list with 52%, Steve Jobs followed to everyone’s surprise, with 24%. The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg also captured about 3% of the votes.
When asked about the reason for voting Jobs and Zuckerberg, the respondents quoted that their inventions have influenced the daily lives of the youth. However, when the same people were asked if they would themselves want to become one innovator, none were actually sure about it.
It clearly reflected that most of them prefer to live with inventions done by others. The survey also brought out the fact that less than 50% of those respondents have never held any hand-held power tool and made something out of raw materials. Thus, it is clear that there is a great need to indulge them, the future innovators, in different types of invention experiences.
The other top innovators in the list included Alexander Bell covering 10% of the votes, Marie Curie with 5% votes, Amelia Earhart with 3% votes and Temple Grandin capturing 2% votes.
What was startling to see was the youth of America, or the “Apple” generation, still believing and voting for Thomas Edison. However, one name that was surprisingly missing from the list was Bill Gates.