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Dennis Ritchie was a computer visionary of the first order. He was a geek's geek and a guy whose work formed the basis for so much of the really important bits of today's world. May he rest in peace. Thanks for C and Unix man.
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I just heard that, after a long illness, Dennis Ritchie (dmr) died at home this weekend. I have no more information.

I trust there are people here who will appreciate the reach of his contributions and mourn his passing appropriately.

He was a quiet and mostly private man, but he was also my friend, colleague, and collaborator, and the world has lost a truly great mind.
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We all owe him, Ken Thompson, and Brian Kernighan an enormous debt.
 
+Matthew Graybosch seriously. There's that part where you think "yeah, sure, the non-geek world knew Steve Jobs... but without dmr? Half of Apple's OS's don't exist.
I can't imagine a world without UNIX or C in it. :\
 
+Lucretia Pruitt, I doubt that NeXT or Objective C or C++ would have existed either without C. Ritchie even helped Kernighan with B, the immediate predecessor to C, which was itself based on BCPL.
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