Adobe founder, PDF inventor Charles Geschke dies
Published: 02:13 PM, 19 April 2021
Charles Geschke, a co-founder of Adobe and co-inventor of PDF file format, has died at the age of 81
Charles Geschke, a co-founder of Adobe and co-inventor of PDF file format, has died at the age of 81. Adobe started its journey in 1982 with the help of Geschke.
Charles Geschke breathed his last in California on Friday. Another identity – he played a key role in the development of the widely popular portable file format ‘PDF’.
Adobe's journey began in 1982 with Charles Geschke and John Warnock. The company, one of the world’s leading software developers, initially developed various audio-visual innovations as well as PDF software.
Adobe’s name spread in the technology world due to PDF. Later, they launched popular softwares including Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator, Premiere.
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen says Geschke, better known as Chuck, sparked the desktop publishing revolution.
“This is a big loss for the entire Adobe community and the technology industry, for whom he has been a guide and hero for decades,” Shantanu wrote in an email addressed to employees.
Charles Geschke was abducted in 1992. At that time, he became the headline of the national newspaper. Geschke was later rescued with a $6.5 million ransom and police intervention.
In 2009, both Geschke and Warnock were awarded the National Technology Award by then-US President Barack Obama.