Co-founder of major software company Adobe Inc. who contributed to developing Portable Document Format technology (PDF), Charles “Chuck” Geschke has died, aged 81.
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen in an email to the company’s employees says “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”.
“As co-founders of Adobe, Chuck and John Warnock developed groundbreaking software that has revolutionised how people create and communicate,” Narayen said.
His wife said, “He was a famous businessman, the founder of a major company in the U.S. and the world, 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,” Nancy “Nan” Geschke, 78, told the Mercury News on Saturday.
According to Adobe Inc., Geschke, who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Los Altos, died on Friday.