Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Dennis Ritchie

Many believe that for a scientist, there is no parameter of performance measurement because if there was one, Dennis Ritchie would have been sitting atop the ladder. He is the man who created the C programming language which turned out to be a milestone for the history of computer science. Though, according to him, it was a modest achievement, the fact is that if Dennis wouldn’t have created C language, the very famous UNIX would have been a stillborn, and so would have Linux.

Born in Bronxville, New York in 1991, Dennis Ritchie graduated from Harvard in physics and applied mathematics, but his experience at college made him realise that computers could be his destined forte and not physics – a single thought that changed his life completely. Consequently, he joined the Bell Labs Computing Sciences Research Center in the year 1967.

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IIPM Editorial, 2006, Arindam Chaudhuri's Initiative

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