The late Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and long-time CEO, has been nominated for Time’s 2011 “Person of the Year” ( if he wins, he would be the first person to achieve the honor posthumously.

“We’ve never actually chosen a dead person,” TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel says. But fellow panelists supported Jobs’ nomination.
Chef Mario Batali said, “I’m definitely a part of the fact and the belief that smartphones, the cell phone with photographic capability, has changed the world as much as the Bible has.”

“Not only did he change the world, but he gave us that spirit again that something was possible, that you could look at a piece of glass or plastic and move your finger, that’s outlandish,” says Brian Williams, a longstanding staple at each year’s Person of the Year panel discussion.