Charles M. Geschke, who earned his PhD in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University in 1973 and serves on the School of Computer Science advisory board, is the winner of the 2010 Marconi Society Prize for his role in moving the world of print communications into the digital age.
He and John E. Warnock, who together founded Adobe Systems in 1982, will share the $100,000 Marconi Prize, considered the highest honor specifically devoted to information and communications science. The two were selected for their research on printing and imaging technology and their development of Adobe® PostScript®, a revolutionary software technology that is now the worldwide printing and imaging standard used by print service providers, publishers, corporations and government agencies worldwide.
"The selection of Charles M. Geschke and John E. Warnock as co-recipients of the 2010 Marconi Prize signals the evolving nature of what we mean by communications technology," said Jim Massey, the 1999 Marconi Award winner and Fellow.
The duo will accept the honor Oct. 15 at the annual Marconi Awards Dinner in Menlo Park, Calif.
Geschke retired from active management as president of Adobe in 2000. Warnock stepped aside as CEO in 2000 and retired in early 2001. Today Geschke and Warnock are co-chairmen of the board.
Prior to co-founding Adobe, Geschke formed the Imaging Sciences Laboratory at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1980, where he directed research activities in the fields of computer science, graphics, image processing, and optics. Previously, he was a principal scientist and researcher at Xerox PARC's Computer Sciences Laboratory.
Geschke and Warnock have both been honored countless times for their technical and managerial achievements. In 1999 both were inducted as Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery. They received the Annual Medal of Achievement Award from the American Electronics Association in 2006, and are the first software executives to receive this honor. Geschke and Warnock were among the 2008 winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, which is the USA's highest honor for technological and scientific achievement and both were honored for their pioneering contributions that spurred the desktop publishing revolution and for changing the way people create and engage with information and entertainment across multiple mediums including print, Web and video.
Geschke is a recipient of the John W. Gardner Leadership Award. A board member for several educational, arts and non-profit organizations, he is a trustee emeritus of the University of San Francisco, currently holds the Rossi Chair in Entrepreneurship at the USF School of Business, and is a member of the advisory boards of both SCS and Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
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