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American Dennis RITCHIE

born Dennis MacAlistair RITCHIE

American computer scientist

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on September 09, 1941 in Bronxville, New York, USA
Died: on October 12, 2011 in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, USA


Ritchie was born in Bronxville, New York. His father was Alistair E. Ritchie, a longtime Bell Labs scientist and co-author of The Design of Switching Circuits on switching circuit theory. He moved with his family to Summit, New Jersey, as a child, where he graduated from Summit High School. He graduated from Harvard University with degrees in physics and applied mathematics. Ritchie was known to be a lifelong Christian who kept his faith mostly private.

He created the C programming language and, with long-time colleague Ken Thompson, the Unix operating system. Ritchie and Thompson received the Turing Award from the ACM in 1983, the Hamming Medal from the IEEE in 1990 and the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1999. Ritchie was the head of Lucent Technologies System Software Research Department when he retired in 2007.

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