informa
News

Dennis Ritchie, Father Of C and Unix, Dies At 70

Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C programming language and one of the key figures in the development of the UNIX operating system, passed away in his home this weekend. He was 70.
Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C programming language and one of the key figures in the development of the Unix operating system, passed away in his home this weekend. He was 70 years old. The news was confirmed Thursday by Jeong Kim, president of Bell Labs, the company Ritchie worked for beginning in 1967. "Dennis was well loved by his colleagues at Bell Labs, and will be greatly missed," wrote Kim. "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." Ritchie, along with collaborator Ken Thompson, was the recipient of numerous awards over the years. These have included the Turing Award, the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, the National Medal of Technology, and earlier this year, the Japan Prize for Information and Communications. Ritchie was the co-author of 1978's The C Programming Language, a guide still widely referenced today.

Latest Jobs

Infinity Ward

Woodland Hills, California
11.3.21
Sr. Multiplayer Design Scripter/Programmer

Disbelief

Cambridge, Massachusetts
11.3.21
Jr. Programmer

XSEED

Torrance, California
11.3.21
Head of Marketing
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Register
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more