Dennis M. Ritchie (September 9, 1941 – October 12, 2011)
Another great engineer of the computing world has once again passed away. This time it’s Dennis M. Ritchie whose work have enabled the possible creation of today’s modern software and in fact can be considered the Homo Saipiens aka modern man of computer languages but let’s not forget this other work namely Unix. The grandfather of all Linux operating system flavor that which we all depend on today to run all the massive servers that keep modern society going.
Sadly I only found out about his death just this morning but he had already passed away on the 12th. I guess his death didn’t warrant the same media attention as Steve jobs. But any programmer worth his weight in salt would definitely know who Dennis M. Ritchie is and how his work had paved the way for the modern software world.
I fondly remember how I studied c programming back when I was in secondary school and how i desperately searched for any book on programming languages, I only found bits and pieces because Labuan was a rathole where books on anything technological was as rare as pure gold. So I only managed to find it after reaching university and even though I was very familiar with c programming at that point but I still found it a wonderful book to read as it shows how elegant the c language was and how it truly put the power of the computer at the hands of the software developer without using mnemonic as it were with assembly language. Now this was a great man whose work had greatly enriched my life…..
You will greatly be missed though your passing has been a quiet event but know this, many of your life works are the foundation of today’s modern software.