And, obviously, crowding all of these transistors in order to make computers on a chip would be useless unless somebody wrote a machine language that could be used to impart the processing instructions. The man who made some of the most fundamental contributions in that regard was Dennis Ritchie, the creator of C, a language that eventually led to Java and UNIX.
Ritchie died a few days after Steve Jobs. There were no TV specials, no genius epithets on cable news. Ritchie — much like Czochralski, Lilienfeld, Teal, Frosch, Noyce, Cho, Hoff or Fagin — was “just” one of hundreds of innovators whose ideas, procedures and designs, aided and advanced by cooperative efforts of thousands of collaborators and decades-long investment of hundreds of billions of dollars, had to be combined in order to create an entirely new e-world.

The Myth of the Innovator Hero