PR: Adobe's Warnock, Geschke among Computer Industry Pioneers Honored
To be inducted into the Computer History Museum's Hall Of Fellows

7 October 2002

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- The Computer History Museum today announced its latest inductees as Fellows of the Museum. On October 22, industry pioneers Charles Geschke, John Warnock, Carver Mead and the late John Cocke will be officially inducted at the Museum's annual awards banquet. The event will take place at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, Calif.

Since 1987, the Computer History Museum has publicly recognized individuals of outstanding merit who have contributed to the development of computing. Chosen on the basis of accomplishment, Fellows are nominated by a panel composed of computer historians, Museum Fellows, staff and trustees.

"We are excited to have such a revolutionary group of inductees whose innovation and tireless persistence has moved our industry forward," said John C. Toole, Executive Director & CEO of the Computer History Museum. "Our four new Fellows have changed the way we think about information, and how people use technology every day. We honor their astonishing achievements with friends, pioneers and innovators from around the world."

Charles Geschke co-founded Adobe Systems Incorporated in 1982 with John Warnock and has been a respected leader in the software industry for more than 30 years. The recipient of numerous awards for technical and managerial achievement, Geschke has been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Carnegie-Mellon University, Macworld magazine, INC magazine, the National Computer Graphics Association and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

John Warnock co-founded Adobe in 1982 with Charles Geschke and the two have worked closely together to develop a stream of pioneering software products that leverage Adobe's core strengths in graphics, publishing and electronic document technology. Warnock holds four patents, has contributed many articles to both technical journals and industry magazines and is a frequent speaker on critical issues in the computer and publishing industries. Warnock's entrepreneurial success has been chronicled by some of the country's most influential business and computer industry publications.

Chairman and founder of Foveon, Inc., Carver Mead is a highly respected member of the Silicon Valley scientific and business community. Before starting Foveon, he made many pioneering contributions in solid-state electronics, and was one of the leading forces in VLSI design methodology. Throughout his career as an inventor, author and educator, he has received more than a dozen honors in the microelectronics and engineering fields. He holds over 50 U.S. patents and holds fellowships or distinguished memberships in seven different scientific and professional societies. He is the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science emeritus at Caltech, having taught there for over 40 years.

John Cocke (1925 - 2002) is widely considered to be the "father of RISC architecture." Cocke was an IBM Fellow, was awarded the National Medal of Technology and the ACM Turing award, and was granted the National Medal of Science in 1991 by President Bush. Over his lifetime as a scientist, he made unique and creative contributions to information technology through his innovative developments in high performance system design.

In order to properly assess the historical importance of a prospective Fellow's contribution, at least 10 years must have elapsed between the time of the achievement and the nomination. The accomplishment must have strongly influenced the intellectual, disciplinary, or industrial underpinnings of computing.

The Computer History Museum thanks its sponsors for the event; lead sponsor - Hewlett-Packard, Patron Sponsor - Adobe and 1185 Design. There is still time for companies and individuals to sponsor the event.

Reservations are required to attend the event, and proceeds support the preservation and educational missions of the Computer History Museum. For more information please visit our Web site or call 650.604.2579.

About the Computer History Museum: The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, preserves and presents the authentic artifacts and stories of the worldwide computing revolution and its impact on our lives. The Museum is home to the world's largest collection of computing-related items -- hardware, software, photos, films, videos, documents, and marketing materials -- including one-of-a-kind and rare objects such as the Cray-1 supercomputer, the Apple I, the WWII ENIGMA, the Palm Pilot prototype and the1969 Honeywell Kitchen Computer. Bringing computing history to life through lectures, seminars, tours, oral histories and workshops, the Museum records these events for posterity, thereby capturing information technology inventors as they share their personal insights and stories about the 20th century creation that has permanently reshaped our world. Significant parts of the collection are now on view in a Visible Storage Exhibit Area at Moffett Field, Mountain View, Calif. The Museum is relocating to a world-class facility in Mountain View; the first phase will open to the public in Spring 2003.


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