The Father of C language and UNIX has passed away. Another great mind is gone from the field.
If you don’t know how important he really was, read this
Today, C remains the second most popular programming language in the world (or at least the language in which the second most lines of code have been written), and ushered in C++ and Java; while the pair’s work on Unix led to, among other things, Linus Torvalds’ Linux. The work has without a doubt made Ritchie one of the most important, if not under-recognized, engineers of the modern era.
If Steve Jobs had designed a car, Dennis Ritchie was the one who would have built the engine.
h/t to the blog that nobody reads