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Congratulations to Ken Thompson

February 22, 2011

Posted by Bill Coughran, Senior Vice President of Engineering

I’m happy to share that Ken Thompson has been chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Japan Prize. The Japan Prize is bestowed for achievements in science and technology that promote the peace and prosperity of mankind.

Ken was awarded the prize along with Dennis Ritchie for their development of the UNIX operating system in 1969 while at Bell Labs. UNIX changed the direction of computing as a whole and paved the way for the development of the personal computers and the server systems that power the Internet.

It’s an enormous source of pride for us to have such amazing talent working here and Ken continues to serve as an inspiration to the rest of us. We’re excited to see what Ken will come up with next.

You can read the full press release here.