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Monday, October 31, 2011

John McCarthy (jmc) lived:1927-2011

important contributions (as per I know)

* initiated the 'Time-Sharing' mechanism

* did initial development in field of A.I.

* creator of programming language 'Lisp' (just younger to Fortran)

* coined the term 'Artificial Intelligence'

* Invented Automatic Garbage Collection.

* published several Mathematical and Computational Logic Papers; even one of the initial papers on E-Commerce referred to as 'buying and selling by computers'

* even tried promoting his ideas through medium of literature, a science fiction made public by him..... 'The Robot and The Baby' (download as PDF).

Links to know more:

* First contribution mentioned wasn't known to me until I came across Herb Sutter's following article http://herbsutter.com/2011/10/25/john-mccarthy/

* "History of Lisp" by John McCarthy http://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc/history/lisp/lisp.html

* a Youtube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvIqc0aBR0A

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dennis Ritchie (dmr) lived:1941:2011

wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Ritchie

image courtesy: wikipedia
important contributions (as per I know)

* creator of 'C' Programming Lanaguge

* creator of 'Unix' (along-with Ken Thompson)

* was the R in 'K&R C', the awesome C book

* retired as Head of "Lucent Technologies System Software", Research Department in 2007

A Small Video of KenThompson & DennisRitchie over Unix:

small Biography: http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/bigbio1st.html

ABC News Video "Unix Starting point for PCs" : 

got a fine theme for this blog after so many years

recently after dmr died, I just realized again that several people from ComputerScience/IT world don't know about several contributors instead of using their created technologies daily..... it's like living on a land without knowledge of who fought for its freedom

so, there was a new boost for this Blog that I registered several years back to talk about the grounds where we stand

so, first of all I'm not plagiarising Wikipedia or any such entry..... those links will be provided separately at a single place so everyone could look in detail at what major information is available

and just the major details and important notes to know the people/tech/* quickly will be present