Creator of the GIF (not "jif"), Stephen Wilhite dies aged 74

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American computer scientist, Stephen Earl Wilhite, sadly passed away last week from COVID-19 on 14 March, aged 74. He was known for being the engineering lead on the team that adapted the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) into what we now use as the language of the internet.

During the Eighties, Wilhite worked for software company and online service provider CompuServe. It was here that he led a team in the development of what we're familiar with today as a GIF – though when first invented it had a slightly different purpose than memes and internet humor.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.