RIP: Dennis Ritchie Dead At 70

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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. 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

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. “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.

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

  5. 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…

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

  7. 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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