The life of Dennis Ritchie

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie was a renowned American computer scientist. He is best known for his work on computer languages and operating systems ALTRAN, B, BCPL, C, Multics, and especially Unix. For a man who did not start out in the computer industry, he has had a profound influence on the entire computer programming world. Here are some Facts about Dennis Richie that will inspire you.

Childhood and family background  - Dennis was born in Bronxville, New York. His father, Alistair E. Ritchie was a scientist at Bell Labs. As a child, his family relocated to Summit, New Jersey where he attended Summit High School. Ritchie was fascinated by Harvard's UNIVAC I computer and spent a lot of his spare time learning more about computer architecture. He specifically developed an interest in how computers were programmed.