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Since John Warnock co-founded Adobe Systems in 1982 with Dr. Charles Geschke, 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 shares the chairmanship of the board with Geschke.

For three decades, Warnock has been respected as an innovator in the field of computer software. He holds six 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, and he has received numerous awards for technical and managerial achievement. A partial list of awards includes: Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young, Merrill Lynch, and Inc. Magazine; Cary Award from Rochester Institute of Technology; Lifetime Achievement Award for Technical Excellence from PC Magazine; University of Utah Distinguished Alumnus Award; Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Software Systems Award; Award for Technical Excellence from the National Graphics Association; and the first Rhode Island School of Design Distinguished Service to Art and Design International Award. In 1998, Warnock also received the Corporate Outstanding Achievement Award from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Warnock is a distinguished member of the National Academy of Engineering and in November 1998 was inducted into the Computer Reseller News Hall of Fame as one of the "Ten Revolutionaries of Computing." In 1999, Warnock was inducted as an ACM fellow and in 2000 was ranked the seventh most influential graphics person of the last millennium by Graphic Exchange magazine, and that same year was inducted into the Utah Information Technology Association.

Warnock sits on the board of directors of Octavo Corporation, is past chairman of the Tech Museum of Innovation and currently sitting on the Board. He also serves on the Entrepreneurial Board Advisory Committee of the American Film Institute.

Before co-founding Adobe Systems, Warnock was principal scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Prior to joining Xerox, Warnock held key positions at Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, IBM, and the University of Utah.

Warnock holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering (computer science), an M.S. in mathematics, a B.S. in mathematics and philosophy from the University of Utah, and an honorary degree in science from the University of Utah.