In an interesting article, CNET is reporting on a poll taken by an organization called Lemelson-MIT, which tasks itself with celebrating inventors and their ideas. The group found that a collection of 1000 young people put Steve Jobs behind Thomas Edison as the world’s greatest innovator.
The pollsters were surprised to find that 52% of those they asked actually felt that Thomas Edison, the mind behind the phonograph and the light bulb, was who they saw as the greatest innovator of all time. A surprising number when considering that the ages of those polled was between 16 and 25.
The expectation was that with the recent media focus on the former Apple CEO, who passed away a few short months ago, would propel him to the first place position with such a young, technologically focused group. Steve did come in second with 24% of those polled putting him at the top of their list. Also surprising was a 3% showing for Mark Zuckerberg landing him in 5th place.
Take a look at the CNET post for the full breakdown of inventors and let us know in the comments who you think deserves the title.