Stephen Wilhite, inventor of the web’s hottest short-video format, GIF, has handed away. He was 74.
Kathaleen, his spouse, acknowledged Thursday that he had died from COVID on Thursday.
Wilhite, a resident of Milford, Ohio was awarded a Webby lifetime achievement prize for inventing GIF. It turned ubiquitous in memes and social media a long time later, typically as a cheeky illustration or a cultural second.
In 1987, Wilhite was working for CompuServe when the GIF was invented. “I noticed the format that I needed in my thoughts after which I started programming,” he stated to The New York Instances, in 2013. He claimed that the primary picture was of an airplane and insisted that the file solely had one pronunciation – a tender G, like Jif peanut butter. He stated that those that use the arduous “G”, reminiscent of “acquired” or “given,” are unsuitable. “Finish of the story.”
He stated that he loves the dancing child GIF from the Nineteen Nineties.
Kathaleen Wilhite acknowledged that her husband was extra than simply inventing GIFs. She liked trains and had a basement devoted to them. Additionally they took tenting journeys. She stated that he “by no means stopped programming” even after he retired in 2001.