Dennis Ritchie died today at 70.
Brian Kernighan, Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie are the biggest influences on my career, starting when I became aware of Unix in high school.
I never had the chance to meet Dennis, but I attended a lecture by Brian in 1984 on “Little Languages” in Waterloo.
After reading K&R, I was able to write software that ran on the Space Shuttle.
Dennis Ritchie: The shoulders Steve Jobs stood on
Wikipedia: Dennis Ritchie
guardian.co.uk: Dennis Ritchie obituary
oreilly.com: On Dennis Ritchie: A conversation with Brian Kernighan
wikipedia: The C Programming Language
Dennis Ritchie: The C man who booted Unix