Remembering Dennis Ritchie – Father of C

Posted: November 28, 2011 in Uncategorized
Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie


Most people who have vastly contributed to the world have been ignored. Previously i wrote a post about R. Karunananda who was ignored by his own countrymen, until recenttimes. Here’s another story about a legend who contributed with his programming skills to shape the world, Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie. Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie born in 1941, and was an American computer scientist who helped shape the digital era.

He died 7 days after Steve Jobs and received less attention from media and geeks around the world. Both of these men died in the same month of the same year. Steve was largely considered a hero, while Dennis was largely ignored by the world. Only a handful of developers who knows the real value of Dennis Ritchie’s work even know of his death. Without Steve jobs there is no iPhone, iPad or Machintosh. Without Dennis there is no C, without C, there is no Unix, Windows or Linux.

Without C there is no C++ nor Objective-C. There is no Mac OS, no Photoshop, no Firefox, no Google Chrome, no Safari, no playstation or XBox. In fact, 90% of the applications in the world are written in C or C++ or objective-C. Here are some of the awards he received.

  1. Turing Award
  2. Hamming Medal
  3. Fellow of the Computer History Museum
  4. National Medal of Technology
  5. Japan Prize

At the time of his death Ritchie was 70 years old, He had been in frail health for several years following treatment for prostate cancer and heart disease. The Fedora 16 Linux distribution, which was released about a month after he died, was dedicated to his memory.

Oooops, seems like we ignored another legend. If you think Dennis Ritchie deserves our respect, please pass this along!

  1. Dirk.L says:

    Reblogged this on My.grind.on.IT und kommentierte:
    This day belongs to Dennis Richtie. So to give him honor i post/repost all i see today about this awesome guy.

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