Jony Ive visits King's College

Jony Ive visits King's College Chapel roof King's College Chapel roof
King's College Chapel roof

Sir Jonathan ‘Jony’ Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, his wife and children paid a surprise visit to King’s College early Wednesday morning ahead of the University’s honorary degree congregation. Patricia McGuire, Archivist at King’s Library, took the opportunity to show them some of Alan Turing’s collection; Alan Turing being one of Jony’s heroes. They were fascinated and moved by Turing’s paper On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem, his précis of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity that he prepared for his mother, a spoon from among the ones he was gold-plating (requiring cyanide) when he died, letters he wrote to his mother as a young boy, a letter from Von Neumann, and photos from the College Archives.

Jony Ive signs Ben Sheen's MacBook Jony Ive with Ben Sheen
Jony Ive with Ben Sheen

Jony mentioned that King’s College Choir features in his music collection and they love the Christmas Carol Service broadcast from King’s. Ben Sheen, Communications and Recording Officer, could not believe his luck when Jony signed his MacBook as a thank you for a copy of the Choir’s latest CD. After a short tour of the Chapel, Cam Middleton, Laing O’Rourke Professor of Construction Engineering and Fellow at King’s, took the group onto the Chapel roof before they left for the Honorary Degree Congregation, which led them to sum up their visit with one word: ‘Wow!!’

Biography: Jonathan Ive

The University of Cambridge conferred upon Sir Jonathan Ive the titular degree of Doctor of Science, in recognition of his impact on the world of computing and in making technology approachable through design.

Jonathan Ive read Industrial Design at Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic, now Northumbria University. Shortly after graduating in 1989, he co-founded the London-based design consultancy Tangerine, but in 1992 moved to the United States and joined Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, where founder Steve Jobs subsequently referred to him as ‘his creative partner’.

Now Apple’s Chief Design Officer, he leads the team credited with introducing elegance, purity and beauty to the design of personal computers. Designers of the iMac, PowerBook, iBook, iPod, iPhone, iPad, AppleWatch and MacBook, his team has created products that have transformed the industry and have helped make technology approachable through design.

The most feted industrial designer in his field and beyond, Jonathan Ive’s work has earned many plaudits and six of his products appear in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Design Museum in London named him Designer of the Year in 2003, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2012, and a year later the BBC’s Blue Peter accorded him a Gold Badge. Winner of the Inaugural Medal for Design Achievement in 1999 and then in 2004 the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts, he is a Royal Designer for Industry and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Jonathan Ive was appointed CBE in 2006 and promoted KBE in 2012.

22 June 2016