Dennis Ritchie, 70, the famous computer scientist which is well known as an creator of the C programming language and co-creator of the Unix operating system, has died.
His death was confirmed today by Bell Labs,After the Apple co-founder Steve job this one is another depressing news in technology world.
This great scientist give the way to communicate with machine by developing most successful language C,which is mother of all modern language. In addition to being the creator of C, Ritchie co-authored “The C Programming Language,” commonly referred to as K&R (after the authors, Brian Kernighan and Ritchie) and widely considered the definitive work on C. He also made significant contributions to the development of the Unix operating system, for which he received the Turing Award in 1983 (along with Kenneth Thompson).
He won many national and international awards for his work and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988 for “development of the C programming language and for co-development of the Unix operating system.”
Ritchie went to work at Bell Labs’ Computing Sciences Research Center in 1967 and was widely known as “dmr”–his Bell Labs e-mail address. As part of an AT&T restructuring in the mid-1990s, Ritchie was transferred to Lucent Technologies, where he retired in 2007 as head of System Software Research Department.
Dennis Ritchie is being remembered today as a pioneering computer scientist, the “father of [the] C programming language,” co-creator of the Unix operating system and “a ‘titan’ of the [computer] industry whose influence was largely unknown.”