Updated: 09/03/2019 by Computer Hope
Name: Kenneth Lane Thompson
Born: February 4, 1943, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
- Helped develop the UNIX operating system.
- Created the B programming language with Dennis Ritchie at Bell Labs in 1969.
- Helped develop the Multics operating system.
Honors and awards
- Japan Prize for Information and Communications (with Dennis Ritchie) (2011).
- Tsutomu Kanai Award (1999).
- National Medal of Technology (with Dennis Ritchie) (1998).
- IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (1990).
- Elected, National Academy of Engineering (1988).
- Turing Award (1983).
"One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code."