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Phil Katz

Phil KatzAKA Phillip Walter Katz

Born: 3-Nov-1962
Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI
Died: 14-Apr-2000
Location of death: Milwaukee, WI
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Computer Programmer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Creator of PKZIP

Creator of "PKZIP" and the ZIP archive format, which replaced ARC as the standard mechanism for distributing files on IBM PC compatible systems. The circumstances of Mr. Katz's death were somewhat pathetic. An alcoholic, he was found dead in a filthy Milwaukee hotel room, surrounded by empty bottles.

Father: Walter Katz (d. 1981)
Mother: Hildegard Katz
Sister: Cynthia Kiehnau (older)

    High School: Nicolet High School, Glendale, WI
    University: BS Computer Science, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (1984)

    Driving While Intoxicated 7-May-1991
    Driving While Intoxicated 1992
    Driving with a Suspended License
    Violating Bail
    Driving While Intoxicated May-1995
    Failure to Appear
    unknown detox facility Charter Hospital, West Allis, WI (Feb-1999)
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Asthma

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