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GUEST,Bluesman 02 Jan 12 - 04:35 AM
autolycus 02 Jan 12 - 04:42 AM
GUEST,Bluesman 02 Jan 12 - 06:26 AM
autolycus 02 Jan 12 - 08:45 AM
Deckman 02 Jan 12 - 09:10 AM
JohnInKansas 02 Jan 12 - 03:22 PM

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Subject: BS: Those who died in 2011
From: GUEST,Bluesman
Date: 02 Jan 12 - 04:35 AM

A lot of good people (some not so good)passed in 2011. Here are the famous ones, we should also recall friends and people who made a mark on our own lives.


http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/gallery?section=news&id=7876351&photo=1


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Subject: RE: BS: Those who died in 2011
From: autolycus
Date: 02 Jan 12 - 04:42 AM

Here's a link to deaths in December 2011, and links within it to the rest of the year; just lists, no pics.

wiki link


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Subject: RE: BS: Those who died in 2011
From: GUEST,Bluesman
Date: 02 Jan 12 - 06:26 AM

Thanks Auto, was looking for a list and couldn't find one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Those who died in 2011
From: autolycus
Date: 02 Jan 12 - 08:45 AM

Pleasure.

Wiki is marvellous for lists.


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Subject: RE: BS: Those who died in 2011
From: Deckman
Date: 02 Jan 12 - 09:10 AM

We miss "Ellen Poly" every day. bob(deckman)nelson


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Subject: RE: BS: Those who died in 2011
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 02 Jan 12 - 03:22 PM

Wiki dos list Dennis Ritchie, but the date given disagrees with the only other report I've found.

I've seen only one brief Obit, and not even a footnote in all the end of year retrospectives. Since this is probably the only notice most here might see:

Computer great Dennis Ritchie dies at 70

Invented C programming language, co-developed Unix operating system

By Tim KenneallyTheWrap.com

14 October 2011

LOS ANGELES — The world has lost another computer pioneer. Dennis Ritchie, the computer scientist who invented the C programming language and co-developed the Unix operating system, has died at the age of 70.

The New York Times reports that Ritchie's body was found in his New Jersey home.

While working at Bell Labs in the 1960s and early '70s, Ritchie served as the principal designer of C and was the co-developer of the Unix operating system. C, renowned for its clear, simple language, would become a vital tool in website development, while Unix is the foundation for computer operating systems such as Apples iOS.
"The tools that Dennis built — and their direct descendants — run pretty much everything today," Brian Kerhighan, Ritchie's colleague at Bell Labs, told the Times.

According to reports, Ritchie had been treated for prostate cancer and heart disease.

News of Ritchie's death comes just days after the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and, while their respective contributions to computer science might invite comparisons to the two, Ritchie and Jobs led very different lives, according to computer-history expert Paul Ceruzzi.

"It's sort of 'apples' and oranges," Ceruzzi told the Washington Post. "Ritchie was under the radar. His name was not a household name at all, but ... if you had a microscope and could look in a computer, you'd see his work everywhere inside."

Born in Bronxville, NY, Ritchie began working at Bell Labs — where his father was a scientist — in 1967, earning his Ph.D. from Harvard the following year. He retired from Bell in 2007.

In 1983, Ritchie and his Bell Labs collaborator Ken Thompson received the Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. In 1998, then-President Bill Clinton bestowed Ritchie and Thompson with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for their invention of C and Unix.

© 2011 Thomson Reuters.

It would be difficult to find any program in use today that does not rely at least in part on "C" or one of the later evolutions of it (C+, C++, and C# among the early ones). Some people even think Unix was "sort of useful."

Maybe we do care only about people who made a lot of money?

John


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