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Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie is no more.

We have lost two outstanding personalities within the space of 3 weeks.
Mr. Steve Job of Apple Mac is one of them.
The other one is Mr.Dennis Ritchie.
He coauthored with Mr. Kernighan “The C Programming Language” (popularly known as “K. & R.).
That was the beginning of modern computing.
He (Mathematician) was the principal designer of the C programming language and co-developer of the Unix operating system, working closely with Mr. Ken Thompson (Electrical Engineer), his longtime Bell Labs collaborator.
His father, Alistair, was an engineer at Bell Labs.

He was recruited by the Sandia National Laboratories, which conducted weapons research and testing.
in fact making A Bomb.

He left Sandia National Laboratories and Joined Bell Labs and remained there till 2007.

Thank god he left lab testing weapons of mass destruction.

Linux we use today originated from UNIX he pioneered.

It is strange coincidence that when cloud computing is on the horizon and tablet becoming  a universal utility both of them passed away without seeing their dream products.

There are two others that matter.
They are Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds.
These two will oversee that these products are within the reach of every human being with Amazon bringing the price of Kindle down.
There going to be a sea change.
We have to turn back and reflect on these gentlemen’s achievements.

It was all collective responsibility.