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Dennis Ritchie dies at 70; computer scientist helped develop Unix
Dennis Ritchie dies at 70; computer scientist helped develop Unix

Dennis Ritchie, a computer scientist who wrote the popular C programming language and helped develop the Unix operating system, has died. He was 70. Ritchie died a month after his birthday, according to his biography on a Web page of Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs. Ritchie joined Bell Labs in the late 1960s. The company announced his death Thursday but did not give the cause or say when Ritchie died. Ritchie is best known for his contributions to computer programming and software. The C programming language, which he developed in the early 1970s, is still popular. It has gone through a number of upgrades, and it is commonly used for website development and other computer tasks. The...

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