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1Name:  Dr. John E. Warnock
 Institution:  Adobe Systems, Inc.
 Year Elected:  2009
 Class:  1. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
 Subdivision:  107
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1940
John E. Warnock is Co-chairman of the Board of Directors of Adobe Systems, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1982 with Charles Geschke. Dr. Warnock was President of Adobe for his first two years and Chairman and CEO for his remaining 16 years at Adobe. Warnock has pioneered the development of graphics, publishing, Web and electronic document technologies that have revolutionized the field of publishing and visual communication. Warnock's entrepreneurial success has been chronicled by some of the country's most influential business and computer industry publications, and he has received numerous awards for technical and managerial achievement. A partial list of awards includes: University of Utah Distinguished Alumnus Award; Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Software Systems Award; the National Medal of Technology (2008); and the National Medal of Science (2009). Dr. Warnock has also received the Edwin H. Land Medal from the Optical Society of America, the Bodleian Medal from Oxford University, and the Lovelace Medal from the British Computer Society. Warnock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has received Honorary Degrees from the University of Utah and the American Film Institute. Warnock has been a member of the board of directors of Adobe Systems Inc., Knight-Ridder, Ebrary Inc., Netscape Communications, and Salon Media Group. His is past Chairman of the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. He also has served on the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute, and is on the Board of the Sundance Institute. Before co-founding Adobe Systems, Warnock was principal scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Prior to joining Xerox, Warnock held positions at Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, IBM, and the University of Utah. Dr. Warnock hold seven patents, B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering all from the University of Utah.
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