Dr. Charles Geschke, known by his familiars as Chuck, the co-founder of Adobe Inc., and the man behind the development of PDF, has sadly died at the age of 81.
We’re deeply saddened to share that our beloved co-founder, Dr. Chuck Geschke, has passed away. Chuck was a hero and guiding light for so many of us in the technology industry. He leaves an indelible mark on our company and the world. https://t.co/NYoZI29num pic.twitter.com/FhNY8iN7Dx
— Adobe (@Adobe) April 17, 2021
His passing has been described as ‘a huge loss for the entire Adobe community and the technology industry, for whom he has been a guide and hero for decades’. And in a company email, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen wrote, ‘As co-founders of Adobe, Chuck and John Warnock developed ground-breaking software that has revolutionized how people create and communicate,’.
‘Their first product was Adobe PostScript, an innovative technology that provided a radical new way to print text and images on paper and sparked the desktop publishing revolution.’
R.I.P. Chuck Geschke, developer of Postscript, PDF format and Adobe products. Quite a legacy. pic.twitter.com/MNR3k5io2Z
— RG Poulussen (@rgpoulussen) April 18, 2021
‘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.’, the statement added.
However, Geschke was also a family man, as his wife Nancy shared, ‘He was a famous businessman… and of course he was very, very proud of that and it was huge achievement in his life, but it wasn’t his focus – really, his family was. He always called himself the luckiest man in the world.’
Geschke’s legacy lives on as Adobe products keep on being used in offices across the globe!