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Unix Inventor Dennis Richie Passes Away

While the world and its smartphone mourns the loss of Steve Jobs, a real hero of engineering and coding history has passed on. Dennis Richie was credited with developing the backbone of many systems, the Unix OS, as well as being a pioneer of the C programming language. While Rob Pike, an old colleague, was the first to claim that Richie had died, the official confirmation came from Alcatel Lucent which owns Bell Labs. The announcement came from president Jeong Kim, saying that Richie would be greatly missed:

He was truly an inspiration to all of us, not just for his many accomplishments, but because of who he was as a friend, an inventor, and a humble and gracious man

Along with a team of others, Dennis Richie had a major impact on the development of the Univ operating system, a blueprint that was used in the creation of many modern OS, as well as establishing several development principles that are maintained to this day. In 1999 he was awarded the US National Medal of Technology, the highest ranking award that America can bestow upon a technology pioneer.

Many twitter users chose to make some appropriate messages to the man:

R.I.P. Dennis Richie :( #include<stdio.h> main() { DennisRichie(); break;}

He finally returned 0. #DennisRichie

main() { printf(“Goodbye, World”); } #DennisRichie

For a more detailed look at the tributes, have a peek here.