Our Founder - Phil Katz

Phil KatzPhil Katz founded PKWARE, Inc. in 1986 and was the author of the world-renowned PKZIP/UNZIP programs. He was born November 3, 1962 and passed away April 14, 2000. Phil was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Computer Science Engineering program.

Phil’s contributions to the computer industry were many, including work with Bulletin Board Systems, numerous patents, as well as many computer user groups and support forums. His decision to dedicate the .ZIP extension and file format specification to the public domain helped the .ZIP file format become a globally open standard. He was inducted into the IT Hall of Fame in 2011.

PKWARE continues to honor Phil Katz's vision through continuing innovation and support of the ZIP standard.

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