The creator of C and UNIX.
- - Born in Bronxville, New York.
- - Earned bachelor’s degree in physics at Harvard.
- - Started working at Bell Labs.
- - Joined Bell Laboratories where he worked on Multics operating system. When that OS got abandoned, he met Ken Thompson and they worked on creating UNIX.
- - Earned his doctoral degree in mathematics at Harvard.
- - UNIX was created and sent out to the public. It was created at MIT through Bell Labs. It became successful because of how simple and cheap the system was.
- - Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson created the C programming language for UNIX, which is the most commonly used language used for computer applications. This helped UNIX thrive because the C made computer controls very easy and flexible.
- - Achieved ACM Award for most outstanding paper for system and languages and later on got the IEEE Emanueal Piore award in 1982.
- - Dennis Ritchie alongside Ken Thompson, earned the AM Turing Award.
- - Earned the Computer Pioneer Award.
- - Passed away after fighting a long battle with prostate cancer. He is still being honored to this day.
"UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity."
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