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Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie
Dennis Ritchie, 1999
Born (1941-09-09)September 9, 1941
Bronxville, New York, U.S.
Died found dead October 12, 2011(2011-10-12) (aged 70)
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, U.S.
Fields Computer science
Institutions Lucent Technologies
Bell Labs
Alma mater Harvard University
Known for ALTRAN
B
BCPL
C
Multics
Unix
Notable awards Turing Award
National Medal of Technology

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (b. September 9, 1941; found dead 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. Ritchie was the head of Lucent Technologies System Software Research Department when he retired in 2007. He was the 'R' in K&R C.

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