RIP Dennis Ritchie and John McCarthy
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If you don’t know who Dennis Ritchie and John McCarthy were, then their deaths are no loss to you. They developed tools and ideas whose time had come; eventually someone else would have been there to do it if they hadn’t.
But, like your family, they are the ones who actually were there and who did in fact do the job.
- Dennis Ritchie, September 9 1941 – October 12 2011: inventor of C, Unix
- John McCarthy, September 4 1927 – October 24 2011: inventor of Lisp, time-shared computing, automatic memory management, the term “Artificial Intelligence”