Steve Jobs has been nominated for Time magazine's Person of the Year award by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.

If the Apple co-founder were to win, he would be the first posthumous winner of the award. Williams, a regular panel member for the Person of the Year award, was supported by other panellists including chef Mario Batali.

"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... may he rest in peace," Williams said.

Time's Managing Editor Rick Stengel pointed out: "We’ve never actually chosen a dead person."

Jessie Eisenberg, another panellist and the actor who played the role of Mark Zuckerberg (2010's Person of the Year) in last year's movie The Social Network, nominated protesters the world over for their role in the Arab Spring and the Occupy protests that have taken place in several cities around the globe.

The only female panellist, campaigner Anita Hill, nominated Israa Abdel Fattah, also known as the Egyptian 'Facebook Girl' and creator of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Elizabeth Warren. Hill said: "Social justice and bridging inequalities isn’t necessarily a spirit captured by Steve Jobs.

The winner will be announced in mid-December.