San Francisco, April 19: Charles Chuck Geschke, the co-founder of the major software company Adobe Inc, who helped develop Portable Document Format technology (PDFs) passed away. He was 81.
Geschke, who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Los Altos, died Friday, the company said.
“This is a huge loss for the entire Adobe community and the technology industry, for whom he has been a guide and hero for decades,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen wrote in an email to the company’s employees.
“As co-founders of Adobe, Chuck and John Warnock developed groundbreaking software that has revolutionised how people create and communicate,” Narayen said.
In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded Geschke and Warnock the National Medal of Technology.
In 1992, Geschke survived a kidnapping, the Mercury News reported.