Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie win Japan Prize
Jan 26, 2011, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"When Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie began creating the Unix
operating system in 1969, they did not envision that their work
would become a backbone of the computer revolution that has
transformed the world.
"The two Bell Labs computer scientists - named today as winners
of the 2011 Japan Prize for information and communications - just
wanted to build a better operating system.
""I did it as a backlash against the bad operating systems of
the day," said Thompson, 67. "We were just trying to get something
better to get our own work done."