Adobe 公司联合创始人 John Warnock 去世

Business Wire 网站的消息,Adobe 主席兼 CEO Shantanu Narayen 给 Adobe 所有员工发布以下不幸的消息:

It is with profound sadness that I share that our beloved co-founder Dr. John Warnock passed away at the age of 82.

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.

John and Dr. Chuck Geschke founded Adobe in 1982 with PostScript, sparking the desktop publishing revolution. His vision and passion enabled Adobe to deliver groundbreaking innovations such as Illustrator, the ubiquitous PDF file format and Acrobat, Photoshop and Premiere Pro, defining the desktop era and unleashing creativity and opportunity for millions of people.

John has been widely acknowledged as one of the greatest inventors in our generation with significant impact on how we communicate in words, images and videos. Among many other awards, President Barack Obama awarded him the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, one of the nation’s highest honors bestowed on scientists, engineers and inventors, in 2008; he received the Computer Entrepreneur Award from the IEEE Computer Society; the American Electronics Association Medal of Achievement; and the high honor of the Marconi Prize for contributions to information science and communications. John retired as CEO in 2000 and he was chairman of the board, a position he shared with Chuck, until 2017. Since then, he continued to serve on the Board of Directors.

While the impact that his innovations have had are countless, it is his indomitable spirit, passion and belief in building a company with strong values that has impacted all of us who have had the good fortune of working at Adobe. John was incredibly insightful on which technologies would delight customers as well as create business value. John and his wife, Marva, who is a graphics artist, used our products constantly and set the standard for customer empathy.

My interactions with John over the past 25 years have been the highlight of my professional career. At breakfasts with John and Chuck, we would imagine the future, however, it was our varied conversations on rare books, art, world history and politics that gave me unique insight into John, who was truly a renaissance man (we also loved rooting jointly for the Warriors!). While he was my role model and mentor, I am most grateful to count him as a friend.

As I reflect on this loss that will leave a huge void in our lives, I think back to a few months ago when I saw John for the 30th anniversary of Acrobat. After the event, where we celebrated the impact of Acrobat and PDF on the world of communication, we talked about the potential of Firefly to transform the next generation of creative technology. With a twinkle in his eye, he said that he was amazed with the progress and as always had feedback on how we could make it better!

My thoughts are with Marva and his entire family. There is nothing he would like more than to continue his amazing legacy so let’s continue to make him proud.



我沉痛的分享给大家的是,我们敬爱的共同创始人John Warnock博士在82岁时去世了。


John和Chuck Geschke博士于1982年创建了Adobe,用PostScript点燃了桌面出版的革命。他的远见及激情激发了Adobe去给予开天辟地般的创新,诸如Illustrator、无处不在的PDF文件格式,以及Acrobat、Photoshop与Premiere Pro,定义了桌面时代并为数百万人解锁了创造力和机遇。




作为我对这一损失在我们生命中造成巨大空白的反应,我想到退回到几个月前为庆祝Acrobat 30周年之际我见到John的时候。事情过去之后,在我们庆祝Acrobat和PDF对世界的交流的影响的时候,我们讨论了Firefly转型成为下一代技术的可能。随着他眼里的闪光,他说他为这一进度感到惊讶并一直为我们如何能够做的更好而反馈!



:candle: R.I.P.


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PostScript 是 Adobe 开发的专为打印而设计的编程语言,通过独立于设备的指令来打印或者显示文本和图像,并能在各种介质取得一致的效果。John Warnock 在施乐工作的时候,与 Chuck Geschke 一起研发过打印方面的技术,后来出于对施乐高管的不满,两人另起炉灶,创办了 Adobe Systems,之后发展出了 PostScript 语言,通过苹果 LaserWriter 打印机的首秀取得了巨大成功。后来 Warnock 通过发起 Camelot 计划,从 PostScript 发展出了 PDF。之前他还带头研制出 Illustrator。

Acrobat 就是伴随 PDF 这一格式的诞生而开发的系列软件。

Firefly 是 Adobe 基于 AI 技术的图像创作平台。