Dennis Ritchie: The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On.
Another great loss. Dennis Ritchie was the father of the C Programming Language and the UNIX operating system, which pretty much the entire Internet and computer industry run on.
I'm writing this on a Macbook Air running Mac OS X, a UNIX-based system, and programs mostly written in C.
His book "The C Programming Language" was my first Computer Science book. My first serious encounter with software was a 2-week job to teach the C language to a team of programmers. I was just trying to make enough money to go on vacation, but then I got hooked and decided that I wanted to be a C coder... Feeling sad today.
Thank You Sir. RIP.