Published Jul 30, 2021Updated Dec 29, 2022
Contribute to Docs
Image by Wikimedia Commons
Ken Thompson (1943 - ) is an American computer scientist, known for creating many significant works in the field, such as the Unix and Plan 9 operating systems, the B (1969) and Go (2019) programming languages, the
grep command line utility, and UTF-8 encoding.
Ken Thompson is best known for working alongside Dennis Ritchie and others at Bell Laboratories, where they began working on Unix in 1967 as a replacement operating system for the Digital Equipment Corporation’s PDP-7 mini computer.
During this time, Ken Thompson developed the B programming language, which would become the precursor for the incredibly popular and influential C programming language.
- Anonymous contributorAnonymous contributor3077 contributions
- Anonymous contributor
Looking to contribute?
- Learn more about how to get involved.
- Edit this page on GitHub to fix an error or make an improvement.
- Submit feedback to let us know how we can improve Docs.
Learn More on Codecademy
Computer ScienceLooking for an introduction to the theory behind programming? Master Python while learning data structures, algorithms, and more!
Includes 6 Courses
With Professional Certification