Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C, Dead at 70

by Cynthia Harvey

The renowned computer scientist also helped develop Unix and wrote an influential textbook.

Dennis Ritchie, best known as the creator of the C programming language, died over the weekend. His employer, Bell Labs, confirmed his death with a statement that read, "Dennis was well loved by his colleagues at Bell Labs, and will be greatly missed. He was truly an inspiration to all of us, not just for his many accomplishments, but because of who he was as a friend, an inventor, and a humble and gracious man."

In addition to creating C, Ritchie received the Turing Award for helping to develop Unix. He also co-authored The C Programming Language, an influential computer science book commonly referred to as "K&R."

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This article was originally published on Thursday Oct 13th 2011
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