RIP: Dennis Ritchie Dead At 70

by on October 13, 2011 · 20 comments· LAST UPDATED October 13, 2011


Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie died at home this weekend after a long illness. I'm sure every "Unix" and "C" user will miss him.He was the key developer of the Unix and original developer of the C programming language.

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie was an American computer scientist notable for developing C and for having influence on other programming languages, as well as operating systems such as Multics and Unix. He received the Turing Award in 1983 and the National Medal of Technology 1998 on April 21, 1999. Ritchie was the head of Lucent Technologies System Software Research Department when he retired in 2007.

I stared with "The C programming Language (K&R)" over 15 years ago. It is the best programming book I own ever. He has left his mark in technology and left rock solid foundation for rest of us. RIP, and thanks for your work.

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1 george October 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

We’ll miss you Dennis! Thanks for the legacy.
Sorry to bring it back to Apple, but if you look at the iPhone, it’s powerful and reliable in part because of Dennis’ work on operating system and language.
Rest In Peace


2 geekGirl October 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Dennis Ritchie had an impact on the technology far beyond what Apple or Jobs could ever had. Soon Jobs will be forgotten; may be in 15 years from now. But, Mr. Ritchie will be remembered due to his contribution to computer science. He was a significant contributor to the field of technology.


3 Tom October 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

UNIX is very simple, it just needs a genius to understand its simplicity.

A sad day :(


4 TryMe October 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm
printf("Rest in peace!\n"); exit(0);


5 niDo October 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm

sorry for copying your comments
printf(“Rest in peace!\n”); exit(0);
RIP :( very sad news!


6 trax October 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm

so sad, thanks to you he will never RIP: you wrote it after the exit(0);


7 shylock_1 October 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

All the C developer gonna miss him, great inventor RIP D. Richie. Condolences to his family.


8 raj October 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm
9 Mark October 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

As a sys admin I manage Linux, OS/X, AIX, Solaris, HP/UX and many other unix like operating systems. We own to you. Rest in peace, sir.


10 Oliver October 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

for (;;)
on to the next life


11 Jozsef October 14, 2011 at 2:58 am

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14
‎”Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.”
Psalms 90:5,6

My condolence to his family.


12 Amit October 14, 2011 at 3:15 am

I Loved C just because What I got From Book “The C Programming Language”…….will miss n Love u always :”((.


13 wagner October 15, 2011 at 1:22 am

Dennis Ritchie

Um amigo… fui seu pupilo nos anos 90, a genialidade esta órfã, vc plantou muitas sementes e elas estão florindo mundo afora, obrigado por sua existência…


14 ronin October 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Very sad, RIP Ritchie, and thank you for everything you have done for us.


15 Chetan Nandikanti October 27, 2011 at 8:09 am

Rest In Peace Ritchie


16 Nst.Web.ID October 27, 2011 at 8:31 am

we will miss you ritchie, RIP


17 M.S. Babaei October 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Probably FreeBSD 9.0 will be DMR release!!


18 Joe November 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Sir… Thank you for everything. I learn C language and unix since 1999 and I owned a book author by Sir Dennis Ritchie.


19 joker400 November 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

int main () {
printf(“Reset in peace \n”);
return 0;
really all unix and linux users will miss him.
Thanks for the post


20 Alok Raj December 12, 2011 at 5:23 am

As a sys admin I manage Linux, OS and many other like operating systems. We own to you. Rest in peace, sir. I very very miss you sir.


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