This past weekend, we also saw the end of Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C programming language and the co creator of the UNIX operating system.
It’s not possible to really understand the impact this man has had on technology. The C language is the most popular in the world, even almost 40 years after it’s creation. It is the basis, either directly or by inspiration of every other major language in use today. It was the first thing I learned in college back in 1999, and to this day, the language that I found myself most familiar with. He was also the co-creator of the Unix operating system, the direct parent of BSD, various commercial Unix implementations, including Mac OSX, and the insperation of Linux.
For everything that Steve Jobs made sexy, Dennis Ritchie made possible.