Dennis Ritchie died last week. While all the world knew and admired Steve Jobs the death of Dennis has gone by largely un-noticed. That should not be.
Dennis was part of the small group of visionaries at AT&T Bell labs who created the Unix operating system and the C programming language used to create much of what we now call the internet. Unix and its many variations (of which the Mac operating system is one) still run many (if not most) of the computers in use today.
I still have my copy of the “The Bell System Technical Journal” (July/August 1978, Vol. 57, No 6, Part 2) dedicated to the “Unix Time-Sharing System”. The titles of the articles that Dennis authored or co-authored frame his place in history:
- The UNIX Time Sharing System
- The C Programming Language
- Portability of C Programs and the UNIX System