Amid all the media hoopla and weeping over the passing of Steve Jobs, a real revolutionary of the digital age passed quietly from the scene, Dennis Ritchie. The book he co-authored, known simply as Kernighan and Ritchie brought the C language into the world, and changed computing forever. As the Times also points out, his development of Unix is at the heart of the current digital world infrastructure and consumer frenzy:
The Unix operating system has similarly had a rich and enduring impact. Its free, open-source variant, Linux, powers many of the world’s data centers, like those at Google and Amazon, and its technology serves as the foundation of operating systems, like Apple’s iOS, in consumer computing devices.
Dennis Ritchie, a true technological and intellectual pioneer.