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October 13, 2011

Dennis Ritchie who created C and co-created Unix has died

Dennis Ritchie, creator of the C programming language and co-creator of the Unix operating system, has died aged 70.

Wikipedia on Dennis Ritchie

Ritchie was best known as the creator of the C programming language and a key developer of the Unix operating system, and as co-author of the definitive book on C, The C Programming Language, commonly referred to as K&R (in reference to the authors Kernighan and Ritchie).

Ritchie's invention of C and his role in the development of UNIX alongside Ken Thompson has placed him as an important pioneer of modern computing. The C language is still widely used today in application and operating system development, and its influence is seen in most modern programming languages. UNIX has also been influential, establishing concepts and principles that are now precepts of computing.





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