There was a lot of media boo-hoo when Steve Jobs died, someone I personally do not consider to have been very important for the IT field, sure he was important in popularizing a lot of technologies, he can, however not be credited for creating anything that really laid the basis for what we do now (you could argue about UX design, but I don't consider that part of IT as such).
This is quite unlike that other titan that recently passed away: Dennis Ritchie, creator of C, co-creator of UNIX, I don't think I need to spend time introducing dmr as most of you all will be well aware of what he accomplished.
However, another titan of computing passed away recently and while there was a lot of noise when Steve Jobs died and a lot of noise (albeit mostly confined to IT circles) when Dennis Ritchie passed away I saw barely a peep outside of Lisp circles when John McCarthy passed away, a man that was at least as influential as dmr and not just for creating Lisp.
I am a bit saddened that so few, even in IT circles seem to know about this man that probably invented a lot of the technology they depend on daily, the linked article has more details but I'll just name a few of the things McCarthy pioneered: AI (hello Siri), garbage collection and Lisp.
I hope at least some of you read this thus creating some awareness and hopefully recognition for another great man.
RIP John McCarthy and thank you.