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Apple's Chief Design Officer Sir Jonathan Ive to receive honorary degree


We are delighted to be able to announce that Sir Jonathan Ive, the Chief Design Officer at Apple, Inc., will receive an honorary degree from the University of Oxford at the University's annual Encaenia ceremony, this year being held on 22 June 2016.

Sir Jonathan's nomination from the Department of Computer Science recognises his iconic, hugely influential, and incredibly successful contributions to industrial design. Sir Jonathan was the chief designer for a range of Apple products, including the ground-breaking original iMac in the late 1990s, the iPod, and the iPhone. Apart from being commercially successful on a truly global scale, his trailblazing designs have dramatically influenced not just the look and feel of these devices, but the way we think about and interact with technology itself. Perhaps the best way we can summarise Sir Jonathan's influence would be to point out that most people reading this announcement online will do so on a device either designed or directly influenced by him.

We very much look forward to welcoming Sir Jonathan to Oxford in June.