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Dennis Ritchie, co-creator of C and Unix, dies at 70

Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson
Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson

One of the pioneers of modern computing, Dennis Ritchie, has died today of an unspecified illness according to Google's Rob Pike, who had previously worked with Ritchie at Bell Labs. Ritchie's career at Bell Labs spawned two of the most important innovations in computing history — the Unix operating system and the C programming language — both of which are in extraordinarily wide use today. He was 70.