It’s a sad week for the professional industry. Adobe has it confirmed Co-founder Dr. Charles “Chuck” Geschke (shown left) died of unexplained causes on April 16 at the age of 81. He and Drs. John Warnock founded Adobe in 1982 after leaving Xerox, and Geschke became COO, president and board chairman between 1986 and 2017. He was also a board member until April 2020. However, it is the technology Geschke helped create that you remember – there is a good chance you are using it. today.
Geschke and Adobe were first introduced to PostScript, a descriptive language platform that power (along with Apple’s Macintosh and Aldus’ PageMaker) contributed to the development of desktop printing in the 1980’s. He and Warnock are also known for producing Portable Document Format, or PDF. The technical downturn in maintaining layouts regardless of software or platform was critical when it was introduced in 1993, and has been essential for everything from publishing to day-to-day operations such as signed forms.
Geschke also supported the establishment of the Tech Museum of Innovation (now Tech Interactive) and, along with Warnock, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in 2009. He also reached a climax in 1992 when he was arrested and detained for four days before rescuing him.
Geschke is survived by his wife, three children and seven grandchildren. Adobe, meanwhile, is heavily influenced by technology and has made some of the most important milestones when Geschke held a major position, including Figure. In this way, his legacy can continue after death.
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