RIP Dennis Ritchie

We were shocked last week to hear about the loss off Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs. And this morning, there was another shocking news: Dennis Ritchie (DMR) had passed away.

For those who doesn’t know, DMR was the co-author of UNIX operating system, and the creator of C programming language. UNIX was a highly influential operating system, and it’s legacy it’s still continued today in Linux, BSD, Mac OS, etc. C, on the other hand, is one of the most programming languages used of all time.

Unlike Steve Jobs, his passing will not get that much coverage. I don’t mean to undermine Jobs. He was a genius of rare sort, and a visionary leader as well. But as a proverb says:

“If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”

Jobs was the man standing on the shouldars of Giants, and DMR was one of the Giants.

So let’s pay our last homage to the man who gave the world C and UNIX…

#include <stdio.h>

int main(){
	printf("Goodbye DMR...\n");
	return 0;
}

Anyway, Hacker News gives a nice tribute: black stripe on top of orange bar…

*Update*:

A statement from the president of Bell Labs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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