It’s a sad weekend for the tech industry. Adobe has confirmed that co-founder Dr Charles “Chuck” Geschke (pictured left) died of unmentioned causes on April 16 at the age of 81. He and Dr John Warnock started Adobe in 1982 after leaving Xerox, and Geschke served as COO, Chairman and Chairman of the Board between 1986 and 2017. He was also a member of the advice until April 2020. However, it is the technology that Geschke helped develop that you will probably remember – chances are you will be using it today.
Geschke and Adobe were first known for developing PostScript, a page description language whose power (along with Apple’s Macintosh and Aldus’ PageMaker) helped establish desktop publishing in the 1980s. He and Warnock are also known to have developed the portable document format, or PDF. The technology’s ability to preserve layouts regardless of software or platform was revolutionary when it was introduced in 1993, and it has become crucial for everything from publishing to day-to-day tasks such as signed forms.
Geschke also supported the creation of the Tech Museum of Innovation (now Tech Interactive) and, along with Warnock, received President Obama’s National Medal for Technology and Innovation in 2009. He also made headlines in 1992 when he was kidnapped and held for ransom. for four days before his rescue.
Geschke leaves behind his wife, three children and seven grandchildren. Adobe, meanwhile, still has a major influence in the tech world and has developed some of its most important products while Geschke has held leading roles including Photoshop. With this in mind, his legacy could last long after his death.
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