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An Apple Fellow is a person who has been recognized by Apple Inc. for their extraordinary technical or leadership contributions to personal computing while at the company. Each Apple Fellow acts as a leader and a visionary, guiding the company in their particular area of expertise. Fellows are also awarded stock options in the company.[1]

List of Apple Fellows[]

The Apple Fellowship was first awarded to Steve Wozniak and Rod Holt, who collaborated on the Apple II.[1] The select few individuals who have become recipients include:

  Name Date   Note
  Al Alcorn 1986   Development of digital video compression.[2]
  Bill Atkinson 1983   Software development of the Lisa and Macintosh 128K.[1]
  Steve Capps 1994   Development of the Finder, ResEdit, and Newton OS.[3]
  Rod Holt 2   Development of the Apple II power supply.[1]
  Guy Kawasaki 1995-06-29   Macintosh evangelism.[4][5]
  Alan Kay 1984   Development of object-oriented programming.[6][7]
  Don Norman 1993   User experience architect.[6][8]
  Rich Page 1983   Hardware development of the Lisa and Macintosh 128K.[1]
  Phil Schiller 2020-08-04   Product marketing.[9]
  Gursharan Sidhu 1993   Software development of AppleShare, LaserWriter, and AOCE.[10]
  Gary Starkweather 1988   Development of ColorSync and color management technology.[8][11]
  Steve Wozniak 1   Logic board design of the Apple I and II.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Hertzfeld, Andy. Credit Where Due,, January 1983. Retrieved May 26, 2006.
  2. Allan Alcorn, People Pill. Accessed 2020-08-09.
  3. Newton Hall of Fame by Douglas Luckie, Michigan State Palmtop User Group. Archived 1998-12-06.
  4. Kawakami, John. Apple Taps Guy Kawasaki For Apple Fellows Program, MacTech, September 1995. Retrieved May 26, 2006.
  5. Apple Taps Guy Kawasaki For Apple Fellows Program, Apple Computer. 1995-06-29. Archived 1999-02-03.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Eisenhart, Mary. Fighting Back For Mac, MicroTimes, 1997. Retrieved May 26, 2006.
  7. Hertzfeld, Andy. Leave of Absence,, March 1984. Retrieved May 26, 2006.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition by Don Norman, Basic Books. 2013-11-05.
  9. Phil Schiller advances to Apple Fellow, Apple Inc. 2020-08-04.
  10. Apple's Scientists Leave as Cuts In R&D Take Toll on Research by Lee Gomes, The Wall Street Journal. 1997-03-31.
  11. Personal Computing in the 21st Century by Gary K. Starkweather, User Interface Software and Technology, Association for Computing Machinery. 2005-10-23.

See also[]

  • DEST (Distinguished Engineer, Scientist or Technologist)

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