R.I.P. Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie, Erfinder der Programmiersprache C und Co-Author von Unix, ist vergangenes Wochenende nach langer Krankheit gestorben, der Mann war mindestens so wichtig wie Steve Jobs, hat aber keine bunte Unterhaltungselektronik verkauft. Bild oben kommt von der Ausgabe von der 82er Ausgabe von Electronics, das Bild links von Flickr-User blievekevin.

Von Wikipedia:

Ritchie was best known as the creator of the C programming language and a key developer of the Unix operating system, and as co-author of the definitive book on C, The C Programming Language, commonly referred to as K&R (in reference to the authors Kernighan and Ritchie).

Ritchie's invention of C and his role in the development of Unix alongside Ken Thompson has placed him as an important pioneer of modern computing. The C language is still widely used today in application and operating system development, and its influence is seen in most modern programming languages. Unix has also been influential, establishing concepts and principles that are now well-established precepts of computing.

Hier noch ein Video mit den Unix-Erfindern:

(Youtube Direktunix, via Boing Boing)