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Stephen Wilhite, inventor of GIFs, dies of Covid at 74 UK News

Stephen Wilhite, the inventor of the GIF short video format, died of Covid at the age of 74.

The couple lived in Milford, Ohio.

Wilhite invented the GIF in 1987 while working at CompuServe and won a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 for his creation.

GIF is still a popular video format used on many social media and websites.

He told The New York Times in 2013, “I saw the format I wanted in my head, and then I started programming.”

He also said the first image was an airplane and insisted the word was pronounced with a soft “G”, like peanut butter Jif.

Anyone who uses a hard “G” is “mistaking it,” he said. “End of the story.”

His wife Kathaleen said, “There’s so much more to him than inventing the GIF”.

She also said after his retirement in 2001 “he never stopped programming”.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-24 17:00:48

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