Shadowed by Steve Jobs, the tech world seems to have missed the death of Dennis Ritchie (1941-2011). The American computer scientist is known for his role in developing the Unix OS, and was the father of the C programming language, along with Ken Thompson. Ritchie passed away on the weekend of October 8th, battling an unspecified illness. The news of the death of the 70-year-old was first broken on Google+ by Robert C. Pike, a Canadian software engineer and author, and a close friend. Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie co-authored the definitive book on C, "The C Programming Language", commonly referred to as K&R (in reference to the authors Kernighan and Ritchie). He led a private and secluded life, after his retirement in 2007 as head of Lucent Technologies' System Software Research Department. Ritchie received the Turing Award in 1983 and the National Medal of Technology in 1998 for the development of the 'C' programming language and for co-development of the UNIX operating system during his tenure at Bell Labs. In the decades since 1970, Unix would go on to stamp its dominance in the world of super-computers, mainframes and workstations. You can count among its various avatars and architecturally derivative operative systems, the Unix servers of just about every enterprise-level provider, the minix OS studied by every Computer Science student, FreeBSD and its ilk inspired by the free-software philosophy, the uber-cool Apple Mac OS X itself, the Linux OS seen on desktops, and currently-hot Android OS on mobile phones and tablets. "Ritchie's influence rivals Jobs'; it's just less visible," was a Twitter post by James Grimmelman, associate professor at New York Law School. "His pointer has been cast to void *; his process has terminated with exit code 0." Source EDIT: Formatting error.