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.

CAREER AND EDUCATION -
Ritchie grew up in New Jersey, and after a childhood in which he did very well academically, he went on to attend Harvard University. There he studied science and graduated with a bachelor's degree in physics. While he was still going to school, Ritchie happened to go to a lecture about how Harvard's computer system, a Univac I, worked. He was fascinated by what he heard and wanted to find out more. Outside of his Harvard studies, Ritchie began to explore computers more thoroughly, and was especially interested in how they were programmed.

He began working at Bell Labs in 1968. Later he went on to receive his PhD under the supervision of Patrick C. Fischer. His doctoral dissertation was titled "Program Structure and Computational Complexity." Ritchie was best known for his work as a key figure in the development of the UNIX operating system. He also co-authored the quintessential book on C, titled "The C Programming Language."

AWARDS -
Ritchie received several awards throughout his career. In 1983, he received a Turing award for his work on the UNIX operating system. In 1997, Ritchie, along with his colleague Ken Thompson, were made Fellows of the Computer History Museum. In 1999, Thompson and Ritchie received the National Medal of Technology. And, in 2011, Ritchie received the Japan Prize for Information and Communications for his work on the C language.

NOTABLE BOOKS -
Being an accomplished software developer, Dennis Ritchie also authored two notable books. The first was the "Unix Programmer's Manual". It was first published in 1971. The second book he co-authored was "The C Programming Language". It was first published in 1978, and is regarded by many to be the de facto standard on the language.

DEATH AND LEGACY -
Ritchie was found dead at his home in October 2011 after a long battle with prostate cancer and heart disease. He lived a very low-key life according to his friends and family. Despite his reserved nature, he was seen as a visionary and a key figure in the history of computing. Ritchie said that he never expected the C programming language to be as significant as it was. One of his colleagues, Brian Kernighan said that Ritchie’s work paved the way for high-profile projects, such as the iPhone.

10 interesting fact about the great Ravana

Ravana was a great devotee of Lord Shiva as well as amazingly genius who had immense knowledge. He is called 10-headed as he had expertise in 4 Vedas named Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda & Atharva Veda and 6 Vedangas called Nirukta, Vyakarana, Siksha, Chandas, Jyotisha and Kalpa.



1) Ravana was extremely intelligent as well as an amazing researcher who delved into 3 fields: time travel, evolution of universe and path to heaven from earth.

2) He was a noble scholar as far as Ayurvedic medicine was concerned. If truth be told, he was behind the invention of "Arka Shastra" and as a proof for the same, we can refer to "Arka Prakshaya", the book revealing this fact.

3) He was a great Brahmin who worshipped on a regular basis following all the rituals and customs. Additionally, he also used to play Veena along with Sandhya Vandanam.

4) Ravana was among Lord Shiva's most devoted followers and obtained blessings in form of several boons from the God. Besides, Shiva was much pleased with Ravana's musical talent.

5) 'Eating beef cause to infect ninety eight new diseases to human beings', as written by Ravana in a book. What's more, he revealed remedies for diseases of newborns in "Kumara Tantraya".

6) Even though he grabbed Lanka from his step brother Kuber, Ravana was considered an efficient and compassionate king. After killing Ravana, Rama said that the world lost a nice soul.

7) It won't be wrong to say that Ravana was the best brother since he stood against the God for the sake of his sister and the one who can go to such an extent for his sister must be really very great.

8) Ravana did not touch Sita Ji despite the fact that she was in Lanka for a long period of time.

9) Ravana always followed the rules of war while Lord Rama killed Baali against the rules of battle.

10) He was very intellectual and knew in advance that the end of his family as well as his own life would be done by Lord Rama.