USENIX Remembers Dennis Ritchie (1941–2011)

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USENIX was saddened to hear of the death of UNIX co-inventor and C programming language creator Dennis Ritchie.

Dennis was a quiet man who left behind a far-reaching legacy. He was awarded the Turing Award in 1983, the National Medal of Technology in 1999, and the Japan Prize in 2011. He was an integral part of the USENIX community; many of our members were lucky enough to have known him personally.

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A Note from Dennis’s Family:
“As Dennis’s siblings, Lynn, John, and Bill Ritchie—on behalf of the entire Ritchie family—we wanted to convey to all of you how deeply moved, astonished, and appreciative we are of the loving tributes to Dennis that we have been reading. We can confirm what we keep hearing again and again: Dennis was an unfailingly kind, sweet, unassuming, and generous brother—and of course a complete geek. He had a hilariously dry sense of humor and a keen appreciation for life’s absurdities—though his world view was entirely devoid of cynicism or mean-spiritedness.

“We are terribly sad to have lost him, but touched beyond words to realize what a mark he made on the world, and how well his gentle personality—beyond his accomplishments—seems to be understood.”

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