14th Oct2011

Dennis Ritchie has Passed Away at 70

by Skibs

Dennis M. Ritchie (a.k.a. dmr) was found dead this Wednesday at his home in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Ritchie was modest by nature, but current-day technology is a testament to his contributions in computer science.

His legacy includes creating the C programming language, which proceeded BCPL, and inspired the design of pretty much every new language to pop-up after the 1970’s (C++, Objective C, Perl, Java, PHP, C#, Go, etc.). He was also a co-developer of UNIX, where he wrote the I/O portions as well as some of utilities.

Rest in Peace, dmr (September 9, 1941 – October 8, 2011).

[Sources: Dr.Dobb’s, New York Times]