Dennis M. Ritchie


Born
in Bronxville, New York, The United States
September 09, 1941

Died
October 08, 2011

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For many years, I worked in the Computing Sciences Research Center of Bell Labs. On October 2005, a reorganization redistributed this group, and I'm now with the center called by the slightly ungainly name of Convergence, Software and Computer Science Laboratory (but still in the same office). This experience has been more varied than it might seem; here's some of the history:

When I joined in 1967, Bell Labs was a corporation jointly owned by American Telephone and Telegraph Company and its subsidiary Western Electric. Its official name was Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated.

Soon after, Ken Thompson, together with me and others, first started work on Unix. Also soon after, AT&T, which still owned most of the Bell System, updated
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Lions’ Commentary on UNIX 6...

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The C Programming Language

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“C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success.”
Dennis M. Ritchie

“UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity”
Dennis M. Ritchie