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Adobe cofounder John Warnock passes away at 82

Warnock helped shape the course of modern technology

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Adobe has announced that Dr. John Warnock, the company’s cofounder and influential tech figurehead passed away last Saturday at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Marva Warnock, and his three children.

Besides cofounding Adobe with the late Dr. Charles Geschke in 1982, Warnock is credited with helping the Apple Macintosh become a central figure in the desktop revolution of the 1980’s thanks to his invention of the PostScript description language. With Adobe, Warnock helped create Illustrator, the PDF file format, and also served as the company’s CEO until the year 2000. Adobe has created a wealth of applications that have become standard across industries.

In an email informing employees of Warnock’s passing, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen commented, “My interactions with John over the past 25 years have been the highlight of my professional career.”


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