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Adobe co-founder Dr. John Warnock passes at 82

August 25, 2023  By PrintAction Staff


Adobe’s co-founder Dr. John Warnock passed away earlier this month. Dr. Warnock co-founded Adobe in 1982 with Dr. Charles Geschke after meeting as colleagues at Xerox. Their first product was Adobe PostScript, a groundbreaking technology that sparked the desktop publishing revolution.

Dr. Warnock retired as CEO in 2000 and he was chair of the board, a position he shared with Dr. Geschke, until 2017. He was a member of the board of directors since then. In recognition of their technical achievements, Dr. Warnock was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Barack Obama; the Computer Entrepreneur Award from the IEEE Computer Society; the American Electronics Association Medal of Achievement; and the Marconi Prize for contributions to information science and communications.

John’s brilliance and technology innovations changed the world. It is a sad day for the Adobe community and the industry for which he has been an inspiration for decades,” said Adobe chair and CEO Shantanu Narayen in an email to all Adobe employees.


Dr. Warnock is survived by his wife Marva Warnock and his three children.

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