By Dzieza, Josh
Newsweek , Vol. 158, No. 15
Byline: Josh Dzieza
From tripping on LSD in India to discovering a mouse in Palo Alto, a global timeline of an inventor's life.
Syria Early 1950s
Abdulfattah Jandali, Jobs's father, leaves Syria to study at the University of Wisconsin, where he meets his future wife.
San Francisco Feb. 24, 1955
Jobs is born to Jandali and Joanne Carole Simpson, who put him up for adoption. They have another child, Mona Simpson, who becomes a well-known author.
Cupertino, Calif. 1970
Jobs meets Steve Wozniak in an introductory electronics class at Homestead High. The two start building and selling devices to make free, illegal long-distance phone calls.
Using this new technology, Jobs's buddy Wozniak calls the pope and pretends to be Henry Kissinger.
Portland, Ore. 1972
Jobs attends Reed College for one semester. He hangs around campus for another 18 months, sleeping on friends' floors and sitting in on classes, including one on calligraphy.
Experiments with LSD, which he later calls "one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life."
Palo Alto, Calif. 1979
Visits the Xerox research center and sees the company's graphical video display and mouse. Jobs, who would later brag about stealing ideas, uses this one to power the personal computer. …