Just a few days after the passing of Steve Jobs, we lost another critical figure in the IT world named Dennis Ritchie. Although less well known (outside of the IT crowd) he was one of the giants that other great people stood upon the shoulders of. For those who do not know, he was a co-founder of the Unix operating system as well as the creator of the C programming language.
While non-programmers may not know much about the C language, chances are good that every electronic device you have runs software created in C. Non-IT people may also be less familiar with Unix but the majority of internet servers run a Unix or Unix-like operating system and it also is the basis for Mac OS X and iOS.
Even though the reaction will be less emphatic as those commenting on Steve Jobs, Apple would literally not be where they are today if not for Dennis Ritchie. So I pay the same respect to Dennis, RIP sir.
Dennis Had A Bigger Effect Than Jobs: Pike [EFY Times]