- Name: Ken Thompson
- Born: 02/04/1943 (78 years old)
- Known for: Unix, B (programming language), Belle (chess machine), UTF-8, Plan 9 from Bell Labs, Inferno (operating system), grep, Endgame tablebase, Go
Kenneth Lane Thompson (born February 4, 1943) is an American pioneer of computer science. Thompson worked at Bell Labs for most of his career where he designed and implemented the original Unix operating system. He also invented the B programming language, the direct predecessor to the C programming language, and was one of the creators and early developers of the Plan 9 operating system. Since 2006, Thompson has worked at Google, where he co-invented the Go programming language.
Birth Name: Kenneth Lane Thompson
School: University of California, Berkeley (B.S., 1965; M.S., 1966)
Alias: Kenneth Lane Thompson
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Ken Thompson quotes :
I have to keep up with the scientific literature as part of my job, but increasingly I found myself reading things that weren't really relevant to my academic work, but were relevant to gardening.Ken Thompson