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Adobe Co-Founder Geschke to Deliver President’s Ethics Forum

Adobe Co-Founder Geschke to Deliver President’s Ethics Forum at Creighton

Charles M. Geschke Ph.D., co-founder of Adobe Systems, one of the world’s leading software suppliers, will deliver Creighton University’s third annual President’s Forum on Business Ethics at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in Creighton’s Lied Education Center for the Arts located at 24th and Cass streets.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Lied Center.

Geschke helped spark a graphics revolution when the team he formed at the Imaging Sciences Laboratory at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, designed and implemented PostScript, an interpretive programming language for describing the appearance of a printed page. Xerox decided not to commercialize the invention so Geschke and his research partner John Warnock left and co-founded Adobe Systems in 1982.

When combined in 1985 with hardware from Apple Computer, including Apple’s new LaserWriter printer, Adobe’s PostScript formed the first "desktop publishing" system, that allowed users to set type, compose documents, and print them as they appeared on the screen—all electronically. That technology transformed the worldwide printing industry from a manual and mechanical process into a fully automated, electronic workflow.

Other Adobe products such as Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere, have had a major influence on the design and electronic distribution of information on the Web.

Geschke retired as President of Adobe Systems in March of 2000, but continues as co-chairman.

He holds an A.B. in classics (1962), an M.S. (1963) in mathematics—both from Xavier University—and a doctorate (1972) in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University.