Dennis Ritchie, AT&T Bell Labs. 

The author of the C programming language. (From a FaceServer image taken during the 1990 UKUUG Summer Conference, London.)

References to Dennis Ritchie in the C programming subtree:
Alan Watson on BCPL
Was the adoption of this as a comment delimiter an inside joke by Ritchie?

Clive Feather on CPL and BCPL
I doubt it (though DMR may contradict me, of course).

Why Pascal is Not My Favorite Programming Language
I am grateful to Al Aho, Al Feuer, Narain Gehani, Bob Martin, Doug McIlroy, Rob Pike, Dennis Ritchie, Chris Van Wyk and Charles Wetherell for helpful criticisms of earlier versions of this paper.

Kernighan & Ritchie: The C Programming Language, Second Edition (errata)
From: (Dennis Ritchie)

Why I do not like X3J11 type qualifiers
Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie on & | vs. ==
Dennis Ritchie

Mark Brader on B
Also in 1969, the system that Brian Kernighan would later name Unix was being developed by Ken Thompson "with some assistance from" Dennis Ritchie.

Tom Duff on Duff's Device
To: ucbvax!decvax!hcr!rrg, ucbvax!ihnp4!hcr!rrg, ucbvax!research!dmr, ucbvax!research!rob

The Ten Commandments for C Programmers (Annotated Edition)
The One True Brace Style referred to is that demonstrated in the writings of the First Prophets, Kernighan and Ritchie.

Dennis Ritchie: BCPL to B to C
From: (Dennis Ritchie)

Brian W. Kernighan (1974): Programming in C: A Tutorial
Although it has lost little of its didactic value, it describes a language that C compilers today do no longer understand: the C of 1974, four years before Kernighan and Ritchie published the first edition of ``The C Programming Language''.

The ANSI C Rationale
The vast majority of the language defined by the Standard is precisely the same as is defined in Appendix A of The C Programming Language by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie, and as is implemented in almost all C translators.

The Eleventh IOCCC, Best Utility: Mark Horton <>
And for extra credit, try to figure out which character is at the bottom on this hint file.  :-)

Infrequently asked questions in comp.lang.c, by Peter Seebach
Later, Ritchie got a job at Bell Labs, and worked closely with the authors of C, allowing the 2nd edition of the book to be much more accurate.

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