Apple's Cook, 'God particle' on Time's list of 2012 notables

Tech luminaries, tech discoveries get spotlight in Time's annual Person of the Year issue

By , Computerworld |  IT Management, Apple, higgs boson

It has been a big year for some tech luminaries, with several of them getting a nod from editors picking Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Calling him the "architect of the New America," President Barack Obama Wednesday was named Time's Person of the Year.

Meanwhile, the tech industry was well represented in Time's list of influential people of 2012. The list included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Google's Larry Page. The magazine also recognized the Higgs boson particle.

Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group, said it's good to see so many people in the technology industry recognized for their accomplishments.

"It's not surprising to see tech industry folks on this list," he said. "Tech companies, and the people who run them, are getting a much larger share of the media spotlight these days because their products touch everyday lives so much more now than in the past."

The average person has developed a strong relationship with their technology, making the people behind iPhones, tablets, apps and online shopping sites increasingly important.

"People are interacting with tech many times a day through map programs, online shopping, social networking, entertainment and other activities," said Olds. "They develop strong feelings about the products they use and the companies that built them."

Apple's Cook was one of four runners-up for the prestigious, annual Person of the Year honor. Cook, who joined Apple in 1998, stepped into the company's top seat in August 2011 due to predecessor Steve Jobs' cancer.

"Tim Cook has the decidedly nontrivial distinction of being the first CEO of Apple since the very first to come to power without blood on his hands," Time wrote. "For most of its history, Apple has had a succession problem: it had no internal mechanism for transferring power from one CEO to the next without descending into civil war. This clearly bothered Steve Jobs, because he spoke to Cook about it shortly before he died."

Time noted that while Cook's tenure as CEO at Apple hasn't been flawless, he appears unintimidated by his role as successor to one of the greatest innovators in history.

Another runner-up was Fabiola Gianotti, a head scientist at CERN, which runs the Large Hadron Collider.

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