It takes a man with vision and fortitude to change the world in the span of a half-century. Steve Jobs was such a powerful man, with a driving intelligence, that he was able to accomplish that task in less time. Sadly, it was announced today that Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56, succumbing to his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Steve Jobs' vision changed the world as we know it.When Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976, he would have been hard pressed to imagine the direction the company would take. Through all of the successes and pratfalls Apple would face throughout the years, Jobs held true to his strength and character. Jobs kept his desire to change the world no secret, using that exact phrase to help lure John Sculley from Pepsi-Cola when he wanted Sculley to serve as Apple’s CEO. Looking at the world around us, Jobs achieved that mission.

Apple, makers of the iPod, iPhone, and pioneers in the home-computing industry, is not the only legacy that Jobs leaves. In 1986, during a period of time when Jobs was no longer associated with Apple, Jobs acquired The Graphics Group, a computer graphics division of Lusacfilm LTD. This team was later renamed Pixar, and brought about the iconic movies Toy Story and The Incredibles. These films, and the standard of film-making Pixar set for computer generated movies, changed the way we know cinema today.

In 1997, Jobs returned to Apple as their CEO and helped to redefine the way we live. With the iPod, Jobs showed us a new way to listen to music. With the iPhone, Jobs gave us a new way to communicate. And the iPad has given us so many new ways to do so many things, including reading books and creating spreadsheets. Jobs remained as CEO for Apple until August of 2011.

Upon hearing of the news of Jobs’ death, Apple released the following statement:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

Apple has sent up a special email address for anyone who would like to submit their condolences, thoughts, or memories. You can email Apple at [email protected].

Jobs is survived by his wife and four children.

Steve Jobs, February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011.

Co-founder of Apple and Pixar passed away at the age of 56