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Dennis Ritchie, creator of Unix & C, is dead

india Updated: Oct 13, 2011 16:09 IST
Dennis Ritchie

It’s being reported that Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie, one of the greatest computer engineers of our times who created the C programming language (that got many of you your first ever programming job) and co-creator of UNIX died on October 8, 2011. Mr. Ritchie died after a long illness; the details are unknown yet. He was a researcher at Lucent and retired from his position as the Head Researcher in 2007; but remained active as a consultant. Mr. Ritchie is widely known among the geek community as the creator of C programming language and co-author of the famous book on C; titled The C Programming Language. He also had a very important role in the development of UNIX which is now widely used in various applications. Most of his career was spent at Bell Labs. He was awarded the prestigious Turing Award in 1983 and The National Medal Of Technology in 1999. RIP, Mr. Ritchie.