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Ken Thompson (sitting) and Dennis Ritchie (standing) in front of a PDP-11 in 1972.

February 4, 1948

Ken Thompson Born

Kenneth Thompson, who with Dennis Ritchie developed UNIX at AT&T Bell Laboratories, is born. The UNIX operating system combined many of the timesharing and file management features offered by Multics, from which it took its name. (Multics, a projects of the mid - 1960s, represented the first effort at creating a multi-user, multi-tasking operating system.) The UNIX operating system quickly secured a wide following, particularly among engineers and scientists.