Charles “Chuck” Geschke, co-founder of the major software company Adobe Inc. that helped develop Portable Document Format, or PDF technology, has died at age 81.
Geschke, who lived in the San Francisco Bay area suburb of Los Altos, died Friday, the company said.
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“This is a great loss to the entire Adobe community and the technology industry, for whom he has been a guide and a hero for decades,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen wrote in an email to employees of the Adobe. company.
“As co-founders of Adobe, Chuck and John Warnock developed innovative software that has revolutionized the way people create and communicate,” Narayen said. “His first product was Adobe PostScript, an innovative technology that provided a radically new way of printing text and images on paper and sparked the desktop publishing revolution. Chuck instilled a relentless drive for innovation in the company, resulting in some of the most transformative software inventions, including the ubiquitous PDF, Acrobat, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop. “
His wife said Geschke was also proud of his family.
“He was a famous businessman, founder of a major company in the United States and the world and of course he was very, very proud of that and it was a great achievement in his life, but it was not his goal. His family was “Nancy” Nan “Geschke, 78, told the Mercury News on Saturday. “He always called himself the luckiest man in the world.”
After earning a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, Geschke began working at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, where he met Warnock, Mercury News reported. The men left the company in 1982 to found Adobe, developing software together.
In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded Geschke and Warnock the National Medal of Technology.
In 1992, Geschke survived a kidnapping, Mercury News reported.
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Arriving at work one morning, two men seized Geschke, aged 52, at gunpoint and took him to Hollister, California, where he was held for four days. A suspect caught with $ 650,000 in ransom money eventually led police to the hideout where he was being held, The Associated Press reported.