Dennis Ritchie Father Of C and UNIX, Passes Away at Age 70
After a long illness, Dennis Ritchie, father of Unix and an esteemed computer scientist, died last weekend (October 8, 2011) at the age of 70.
Wikipedia biography here.
Ritchie, a.k.a. “dmr”, is known for inventing and creating the C programming language as well as being a central figure in the development of UNIX along with Ken Thompson. Ritchie spent most of his career at Bell Labs, and was awarded the Turing Award in 1983, and the National Medal of Technology in 1999.
By 1973, Ritchie and Thompson had rewritten Unix in C, developing its syntax, functionality, and beyond to give the language the ability to program an operating system. The kernel was published in the same year.
C is one of the most popular programming language in the world, which combines simplicity and raw power, and ushered in C++ and Java; while the pair’s work on Unix led to, among other things, Linus Torvalds’ Linux. The work has without a doubt made Ritchie one of the most important, if not under-recognized, engineers of the modern era.
His work led to him becoming an awardee of the Turing Award with Ken Thompson in 1983, as well as receiving the National Medal of Technology in 1998 from ex-president Bill Clinton.
/* RIP Dennis Ritchie */
(void) sleep(60); /* A minutes silence for DMR */
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