At the age of 81, charles geschke died in california. He understood together with john warnock in 1982 adobe systems, where the printer programming language postscript was created. From 1987 to 1994 he led adobe and is responsible for the purchase of aldus for $ 446 million. Father he was the chairman of the supervisory board, which he belonged to april 2020.
From a printer family
Charles matthew gasks was on the 11th. September 1939 in cleveland in the us state of ohio born. The mother worked in court, the father was printer and came from a coarse printer family. His technical judgment played an important role in the development of postscript. After school, charles studied geschke at jesuit xavier university, first classic languages, then mathematics. From 1963 to 1968 he taught in this subject. In 1972 he earned his doctorate at carnegie mellon university with a work over compiler and then went to the bald research center parc of xerox.
In 1978, head of the imaging sciences laboratory on the parc and set a series of programmers, among them one year more young john warnock. Together with martin nevell, this developed the printer programming language jam (john and martin programming language) for xerox printers. The much more complex programming language interpressed for xerox laser printers was created under geschke line. The programming language developed for xerox wanted to extend warnock and geschke so that they could control all printer types and scraping machines. As the two could not prevail with this idea, they fall in love the parc in 1982 and founded adobe systems, named after a stream at the house of warnock. Together with six other programmers celebrated by the parc, geschke and warnock postscript developed, first for the apple laserwriter, who came to the market in 1985 and made the desktop publishing. To export postscript, the motorola processor 68000 was controlled, the program itself tredged a rome of half a megabyte, as john warnock recalled. More printers followed.
Free – the breakthrough for pdf
The gross success of postscript and dtp came with the disadvantage that the young company adobe was initially strongly dependent on apple. Also the next two products, the adobe illustrator 1987 and photoshop in 1990, were first aligned on apple’s hardware. Under the business administration of charles sagke, adobe relieved the niche market in 1994, when the company aldus bought with the dtp program pagemaker. From this basis, adobe was able to focus on the distribution of electronic documents. In 1993, the portable document format (pdf), which became successful, was created because sagke and warnock decided to deliver the pdf reader for free.
"Concentrate on the people who will help you"
In 1994, geschke moved from the operational business and moved to the supervisory board of the company. Together with warnock, he received a number of awards, including 2008, the us national technology medal (national medal of technology), over the us prassident obama. Together with his wife nancy he got the st. Elizabeth ann seton award for the demand of catholic educational institutions. In the interview said "chuck" scratched like steve jobs, that you are not afraid and should take risks. But he sent: "focus on the people who will help you achieve what you want to achieve, because you will not work alone."