although we’d like to believe he died while valiantly saving humanity from an army of heavily-armed velociraptors riding sharks.
Ritchie also co-wrote what’s considered the definitive book on C programming (pictured above) and he’s won several awards including the Turing Award, the National Medal of Technology, and the Japan Prize. Sean Gallagher at Ars Technica sums up Ritchie’s legacy better than I can:
By creating C, Ritchie gave birth to the concept of open systems. C was developed so they could port Unix to any computer, and so that programs written on one platform (and the skills used to develop them) could be easily transferred to another.
Man, this guy had an enormous, rarely-noticed influence on our lives, and we owe him a debt of gratitude. Especially for that time he saved us all from an army of heavily-armed velociraptors riding sharks.