Charles “Chuck” Geschke, developer of Portable Document Format (PDF) and founder of software company Adobe, died at the age of 81. Geschke, who lived in San Francisco, 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 Chief Executive Shantanu Narayen wrote in an email to the company.
Adobe has been able to develop top software like Adobe Acrobat, PDF, Illustrator, Photoshop and Premiere Pro under Geschke as CEO. This has been a huge loss to the company.
This software from document readers to video creators is the most popular in this technological world.
“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 a 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. “He always called himself the luckiest man in the world.”
In 2009, Geschke was awarded the National Medal for Technology by Former US president Barack Obama.