Adobe Systems Founders Win 2010 Marconi Prize
Geschke and Warnock Revolutionized Industry-Standard Printing and Imaging Technology
June 29, 2010 04:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time
NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The 2010 Marconi Society Prize will be awarded to Adobe
Systems founders, John E. Warnock and Charles M. Geschke, visionary business leaders and technological
innovators who together helped fundamentally transform the world of print communications from a manual,
mechanical process to a digital work flow. 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
The duo will be awarded the $100,000 Marconi Prize, considered the highest honor specifically devoted to
information and communications science, on October 15th at the annual Marconi Awards Dinner at the Rosewood
Hotel in Menlo Park, CA.
"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 Marconi Society, established in 1975, annually recognizes a living scientist whose work in the field of
communications and information technology advances the social, economic and cultural improvement of all humanity.
Geschke and Warnock met in the late 70’s in Silicon Valley where Geschke was a researcher and group manager in
the computer science lab at Xerox PARC and Warnock worked for Evans & Sutherland at Ames Research
Laboratory. In 1978, Geschke interviewed and hired Warnock for a position at PARC. From the start, their similar
backgrounds and philosophies forged a close bond between them.
In 1979, while at PARC, Warnock and a coworker created a device- independent system called JaM—a precursor