Laureates of the Japan Prize

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Dr. Dennis M. Ritchie

2011 (27th) Japan Prize Laureate

Field
Information and Communications
Achievement
Development of the operating system, UNIX
Nationality: USA
Date of Birth: September 9, 1941
Academic Degrees:
1963 Bachelor in Physics and Applied Mathematics, Harvard University
1968 Ph.D. in Computer Science, Harvard University
Professional Career:
1967 Research staff, Bell Labs
1983 Fellow, Bell Labs
1990 Head, System Software Department
2007 Retired, Bell Labs
Title: Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Emeritus, Bell Labs
Major Publications:
  1. D. M. Ritchie and K. Thompson, The UNIX Time-Sharing System, Communications of the ACM, Vol. 17, No. 7, pp. 365-375, 1974.
  2. K. Thompson and D. M. Ritchie, UNIX Programmer’s Manual, Sixth Edition, Bell Laboratories, 1975.
  3. D. M. Ritchie, B. W. Kernighan and M. E. Lesk, The C Programming Language, Computer science technical report, No. 31, Bell Laboratories, 1975.
  4. D. M. Ritchie, UNIX Time-Sharing System: A Retrospective, Proceedings of Tenth Hawaii International Conference on System Science, 1977, (Also in Bell System Technical Journal, Vol. 57, No. 6, pp. 1947-1969, 1978).
  5. D. M. Ritchie, S. C. Johnson, M. E. Lesk and B. W. Kernighan, UNIX Time-Sharing System: The C Programming Language, Bell System Technical Journal, Vol. 57, No. 6, pp. 1991-2019, 1978.
  6. D. M. Ritchie, The Evolution of the Unix Time-Sharing System, Proceedings of a Symposium on Language Design and Programming Methodology, pp. 25-36, 1979, (Also in AT&T Bell Laboratories Technical Journal, Vol. 63, No. 6 Part 2, pp. 1577-1593, 1984).
  7. D. M. Ritchie and K. Thompson, The UNIX Time-Sharing System, Communications of the ACM, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 84-89, 1983.
  8. D. M. Ritchie, A Stream Input-Output System, AT&T Bell Laboratories Technical Journal, Vol. 63, No. 8 Part 2, pp. 1897-1910, 1984.
  9. D. M. Ritchie, A Guest Facility for Unicos, Proceedings of USENIX UNIX and Supercomputers Workshop, pp. 19-24, 1988.
  10. D. M. Ritchie, The Development of the C Programming Language, Proceedings of ACM History of Programming Languages II, 1993.
Major Honors:
  • ACM Award for the outstanding paper (1974)
  • IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award (1982)
  • Association for Computing Machinery, ACM. Turing Award (1983)
  • NEC, C&C Award (1989)
  • IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (1990)
  • US National Medal of Technology and Innovation for the development of UNIX (1998)
  • Industrial Research Institute (IRI) Achievement Award (2005)
Membership:
  • Member, US National Academy of Engineering (1988)

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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