Charles Geschke, Founder of Adobe and Creator of PDF, Dies Aged 81

Charles “Chuck” Geschke (Charles “Chuck” Geschke), co-founder of Adobe Inc., a well-known software company, died at the age of 81. The company helped develop Portable Document Format (PDF) technology.

Geschke, who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Los Altos, passed on Friday, the organization said. 

“This is an enormous misfortune for the whole Adobe people group and the innovation business, for whom he has been a guide and legend for quite a long time,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen wrote in an email to the organization’s workers.

Narayen said, “As co-founders of Adobe, Chuck and John Warnock developed innovative software that completely changed the way people create and communicate.” “Their first product was Adobe PostScript. It is an innovative technology that provides a new method of printing text and images on paper, and it sparked a revolution in desktop publishing. Chuck instilled the company’s tireless drive for innovation and developed some of the inventions of most transformative software, including the ubiquitous PDF, Acrobat, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop. “

His wife said Geschke was proud of his family.

“He is a famous businessman and founder of a great company in the United States and the world. Of course, he is very, very proud of this. This is a great achievement in his life, but it is not his focus. In fact, His family is “Nancy” Nan “Geschke, 78, to the Mercury News on Saturday. “He always calls himself the luckiest man in the world.”

According to “Mercury News,” after earning a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, Geschke began working at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, where he met Warnock. They left the company in 1982 and founded Adobe to develop software together.

According to “Mercury News,” in 2009, President Barack Obama awarded Geschke and Warnock the National Medal of Technology. In 1992, Geschke survived the kidnapping.

When they arrived at work one morning, the two men grabbed Geschke, who was 52 at the time, at gunpoint and took him to Hollister, California, where he was held for four days. According to the Associated Press, a suspect was arrested for a $ 650,000 ransom and eventually taken to the cell where he was hiding.

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