John Warnock

Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope
John Warnock

Name: John Warnock

Born: October 6, 1940, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer scientist.
  • Co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., the graphics and publishing software company.
  • President of Adobe for his first two years, and Chairman and CEO for his remaining sixteen at the company.
  • In 1991, Warnock outlined the "Camelot" system, that evolved into the PDF (Portable Document Format) file format.

Honors and awards

  • Medal of Achievement (2006).
  • Computer Entrepreneur Award (2008).
  • United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2009).
  • Marconi Prize (2010).


"What I try to do is factor in how people use computers, what people's problems are, and how these technologies can get applied to those problems. Then I try to direct the various product groups to act on this information."

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