The developer was 74 years old.

Stephen Wilhite, the creator of the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF), has died in the United States at the age of 74, NBC reported.

According to him, Wilhite died on March 14 surrounded by his family from the effects of coronavirus infection, this was confirmed by his wife Kathaleen.

The GIF format was developed by Wilhite in 1987, when he worked at CompuServe. This invention made it possible to fit a series of images in a compressed format and transmit graphic data faster in conditions of low power of electronic equipment at that time. In addition, this format has become a convenient tool for demonstrating graphs and simple animations.

In 2013, Wilhite was awarded the Webby Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet.