• Born date: 1941-09-09
  • Born in: Bronxville, New York
  • Death date: 2011-10-12
  • Death in: Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Dennis Ritchie

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (September 9, 1941 – c. October 12, 2011) was an American computer scientist who "helped shape the digital era". He created the C programming language and, with long-time colleague Ken Thompson, the Unix operating system. Ritchie and Thompson received the Turing Award from the ACM in 1983, the Hamming Medal from the IEEE in 1990 and the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 1999.

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