Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dennis Ritchie

Name: Dennis Ritchie
Full Name: Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie
Username: dmr
Born: September 9, 1941, Bronxville, New York, U.S.
Died: October 8, 2011 (aged 70), Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, U.S.
... Occupation: Computer Scientist, Head of Lucent Technologies (A subsidiary of AT&T Bell Labs).
Nationality: American
Father: Alistair E. Ritchie
Institutions: Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs
Alma Mater: Harvard University
Graduation in Physics and Applied Mathematics (1963)
Ph.D. in Computer Sciences with topic “Subrecursive Hierarchies of Functions” (1968)
Professional Life: Bell Labs Computing Sciences Research Center (1967), Lucent Technologies (1996)
Retirement: 2007
Research Partner: Kenneth Thompson
Known for:
Languages: ALTRAN, B, BCPL, C
Operating Systems: Multics, Unix
Notable Bibliography:
The C Programming Language (1978) commonly referred to as K&R with co-author Kernighan.
Unix Programmer’s Manual (1971) known asthe “man pages”.
Notable Awards:
Turing Award (1983)
IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (1990)
National Medal of Technology (1999)
Japan Prize for Information and Communication (2011)

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