Steve Wilhite

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Stephen Earl Wilhite[1] (March 3, 1948 – March 14, 2022) was an American computer scientist. He worked at CompuServe and was the engineering lead on the team that created the GIF image file format.[2] He won a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. He was born in West Chester Township, Ohio.

Wilhite died of COVID-19 at a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio,[3] on March 14, 2022, eleven days after his 74th birthday.[4][5]

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  1. Smith, Harrison (March 24, 2022). "Stephen Wilhite, computer programmer who created the GIV, dies at 74". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  2. "Confusion reigns on the Web over GIF patent claims". Network World. Vol. 12, no. 2. IDG Network World Inc. 9 January 1995. p. 126. ISSN 0887-7661.
  3. Hubbard, Halisia (23 March 2022). "Beloved creator of the GIF dies following complications from COVID, wife confirms". NPR.
  4. "Stephen E. Wilhite Obituary". Megie Funeral Home. Retrieved 20 March 2022 – via Tribute Archive.
  5. Holpuch, Amanda; Vigdor, Neil (March 24, 2022). "Stephen Wilhite, Creator of the Animated GIF, Dies at 74". The New York Times. Retrieved March 24, 2022.