Stephen Wilhite, Founder of the GIF, has Died

As reported by Kathaleen Wilhite, wife of Stephen Wilhite, inventor of the internet-popular short-video format, the GIF, has died at the age of 74. He died of COVID on March 14.

Wilhite, who lived in Milford, Ohio, won a Webby lifetime achievement award in 2013 for inventing the GIF. The GIF has proven to be invaluable in the social media platform.

Wilhite said of the  GIF, “I saw the format I wanted in my head and then I started programming.” As he told The New York Times in 2013, the first image was an airplane and insisting that the file had only one pronunciation – a soft “G,” like Jif peanut butter. Those using the hard “G,” as in “got” or “given,” “are wrong,” he said. “End of story.”

Wilhite continued programming even after he retired in 2001, his wife said.

Source: BCNN1