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Dennis M. Ritchie

American computer scientist

1941   -   2011

country of citizenship: United States of America
native language: English
language of expression: English
educated at: Harvard University
occupation: computer scientist, programmer, writer, mathematician
award received: Turing Award, National Medal of Technology and Innovation, Harold Pender Award, IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award, Computer History Museum fellow, Computer Pioneer Award, ACM Software System Award, IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, IRI Achievement Award, Japan Prize

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (September 9, 1941 – c. October 12, 2011) was an American computer scientist. He created the C programming language and, with long-time colleague Ken Thompson, the Unix operating system and B programming language. Ritchie and Thompson were awarded the Turing Award from the ACM in 1983, the Hamming Medal from the IEEE in 1990 and the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1999. Ritchie was the head of Lucent Technologies System Software Research Department when he retired in 2007. He was the "R" in K&R C, and commonly known by his username dmr.
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The C Programming Language

programming book written by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie

author: Brian Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie




The development of the C language ( 1993 )

scientific article (publication date: 1993)

author: Dennis M. Ritchie

The evolution of the unix time-sharing system ( 1980 )

wetenschappelijk artikel

author: Dennis M. Ritchie

The UNIX time-sharing system ( 1974 )

wetenschappelijk artikel

author: Ken Thompson, Dennis M. Ritchie

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