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Oct 15, 2011

Dennis Ritchie, Father of the C Programming Language and co-developer of UNIX, Dies at 70

A few days after Steve Jobs death, another great man whose work is the foundation of a vast number of modern technology advances, passed away at the age of 70.
Dennis Ritchie died this week at his home at Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Commonly known by his online username “dmr”, he is considered as the co-developer of the Unix operating system, and the father of the C programming language.

Dennis Ritchie received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 1999, and the prestigious IEEE Richard W.Hamming Medal received in 1990 "For the origination of the UNIX operating system and the C programming language." 

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Until his retirement in 2007 he was the Head of Software Research at Lucent Technologies.

A very interesting story about Dennis Ritchie by Jason Perlow is published in ZDNet.

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