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Dennis Ritchie dies at age 70

Dr Dennis Ritchie, one of the creators of Unix and the inventor of the C language passed away after a long term illness today.

Along with Ken Thompson, Brian Kernighan, Douglas McIlroy, and Joe Ossanna, Dr Ritchie was one of the key creators of the Unix operating system at Bell Labs during the 1960s and 70s.

Also while at Bell Labs, Dr Ritchie created C, one of the most widely used programming languages in the world. It is familiar to almost every modern-day developer and been the basis for additional computer languages.

In 1999, Dr Ritchie’s influence and accomplishments won official notice when he was awarded the US National Medal of Technology – the highest honor America can bestow on a technologist.

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