Adobe co-founder Charles Geschke dies at the age of 81


Adobe co-founder Charles Geschke

Adobe co-founder Charles Geschke

Officially by AdobeConfirm, The company’s co-founder, Dr. Charles Geschke (personally known as Chuck), passed away on April 16th, local time in the United States at the age of 81. In 1982, Dr. Geschke founded Adobe with his colleague Dr. John Warnock when he served in the company. From 1986 to 2017, he successively held the positions of COO, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was a member of the Board of Directors until April 2020.

Of course, for most people, the products developed by Dr. Geschke and Adobe are more familiar. In the 1980s, it relied on PostScript, a programming language suitable for printing images and text, to become famous. Subsequent Dr. Geschke and Warnock developed PDF in 1993. It has been widely used ever since, and its influence should not need to be said.

The pair later jointly funded the establishment of the Innovation Technology Museum (now known as the Science and Technology Interactive Museum), and was awarded the National Medal of Technology by then US President Obama in 2009. It is worth mentioning that Dr. Geschke was also involved in a kidnapping incident in 1992. At that time, he was kidnapped by two men on his way to work, and FBI agents managed to rescue him four days later.

After Dr. Geschke passed away, he left behind his widow, three children and seven grandchildren. And Adobe, which has devoted a lot of effort throughout his life, continues to bring innovations to everyone. For example, Photoshop, which was born under the leadership of Dr. Geschke, is believed to be one of the most important creative tools for a long time. “As the hero and leader of the entire Adobe community and the technology industry over the past few decades, his death is undoubtedly a huge loss.” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen wrote.

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