Daryl Ilbury

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A man who really is changing the world…for the better

In Science on October 7, 2011 at 7:11 am

Can you pick out whose nose this is?

In homage to the creative brilliance of Steve Jobs, my previous post tells the story of how switching to using Macs 14 years ago helped give life to the creative ideas that defined our science communications company. As such I became, and still am, a passionate ambassador for Apple products.

However, I have to disagree with the notion presented by many media and commentators that Steve Jobs “changed the world”. His death, understandably, shocked millions of people and opened the door to emotional summations of his impact, but I don’t think we can honestly claim he “changed the world”. He¬†certainly changed how we interface with technology, and he dramatically and successfully resurrected a failing company to the point that it became one of the world’s most admired brands. But “change the world”…?

There are those who are changing the world…for the better; and because they’re doing it in behind the scenes, in poor communities and away from the alluring flash of technology; most people don’t give them the deserved credit.

This is a picture of such a man. Can you work out who he is? Clue: there’s an ironic twist to the story.¬†Importantly for me as a science journalist, one of his guiding principles is the following: “Science and technology have great potential to improve lives around the world”.

Still no idea? You can find out more about him here: A man who really is changing the world…for the better.