“Dennis M. Ritchie, co-creator of UNIX and father of the C
programming language, died this past weekend after a long illness.
It’s no exaggeration to say that without Ritchie, modern computing
would not be what it is today. Often known as “dmr,” Ritchie was
born in Bronxville, NY in 1941. He studied at Harvard University,
initially focusing on physics. Ritchie said that he entered
computing because “my undergraduate experience convinced me that I
was not smart enough to be a physicist, and that computers were