Dennis Ritchie

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Dennis Ritchie

Name: Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie

Born: September 9, 1941, Bronxville, New York, USA

Death: October 12, 2011 (Age: 70)

Computer-related contributions

  • Created the C programming language.
  • Helped develop the UNIX operating system.
  • Helped develop the Multics operating system.

Significant publications

  • The C Programming Language.

Honors and awards

  • With Ken Thompson was awarded the Japan Prize for Information and Communications in 2011.
  • Awarded National Medal of Technology on April 21, 1998 with Ken Thompson.
  • Received the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1990.
  • Elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988.
  • Received the Turing Award in 1983.


"UNIX is very simple, it just needs a genius to understand its simplicity."

"C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success."

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