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software engineer

Dennis M. Ritchie, American software engineer. Achievements include co-developer of the Uniplex Information and Computing System Operating System in 1969; development of C Programming Language; exploration of distributed operating systems, languages and routing/switching hardware. Member of National Academy of Engineering.

Background

Ritchie, Dennis M. was born on September 9, 1941 in Bronxville, New York, United States.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Physics, Harvard University, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics, Harvard University, 1968.

Career

With Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, since 1967. Head system software research department Computing Sciences Research Center Bell Laboratories (Lucent Technologies), 1990—2005. Head system software research, convergence software & computer science lab Bell Laboratories (Alcatel/Lucent), since 2005.

Head efforts to create Plan 9 operating system, 1995. Heads efforts to create the Inferno operating system, 96.

Achievements

  • Achievements include co-developer of the Uniplex Information and Computing System Operating System in 1969. Development of C Programming Language. Exploration of distributed operating systems, languages and routing/switching hardware.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Co-author (with Brian Kernighan): The C Programming Language, 1978.

Membership

Member of National Academy of Engineering.