One of the founders of Adobe, who participated in the development of the PDF format, Charles Geschke, died at the age of 82, the Associated Press reports, citing a message from the company’s CEO.
Geschke, who lived in California, passed away on Friday, the company said. The cause of death was not specified.
“This is a huge loss for the entire Adobe community and for the technology industry for which he has served as a reference and hero for decades. How Adobe co-founders Chuck (Charles Geschke) and John Warnock developed innovative software that revolutionized creativity and human communication.” – said the head of the company Shantanu Narayen in a letter to employees.
Geschke’s career began at the Xerox R&D Center in Palo Alto, California. Geschke left Xerox in 1982 to found Adobe with Warnock.
In 1992, Geschke survived a kidnapping and spent four days in captivity. One of the two kidnappers was detained by the police with a ransom of 650 thousand US dollars, and he brought the law enforcement officers to the place where Geschke was. In 2009, former US President Barack Obama awarded Geschke and Warnock the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
American Adobe is a computer software company. Founded in 1982, it is headquartered in San Jose, California. Best known for its web software system Adobe Flash, image editing software Photoshop, Adobe Reader, Portable Document Format (PDF).