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  Ken Thompson
In 1969, while at Bell Labs, Thompson and Dennis Ritchie were the principal creators of the Unix operating system.
Thompson also wrote the B programming language, a precursor to Dennis Ritchie's "C", one of the world's most commonly used programming languages.
Thompson retired from Bell Labs on December 1, 2000.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/ke/Ken_Thompson.html   (118 words)

  
 Ken Thompson
Ken has a Master in Education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, with a concentration in adult education/counseling and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a minor concentration in special education.
Ken has a teaching background in elementary, high school and secondary education, including teaching several college level courses in psychology.  He conducts presentations in the Anchorage community in the area of clinical documentation, anger management, and adults in transition.  Ken serves as a regular facilitator for the Providence Integrity Initiative Orientation for new hires.
Ken has integrated Motivational Enhancement Therapy with Adult Education philosophy and Humanistic/Rational Emotive Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral approaches in addressing substance abuse and mental health disorders.  Ken pioneered the concept of "Enhancing the Teachable Moment" in chemical detoxification and early stage recovery to increase the level of efficacy in several chemical abuse recovery programs.
www.providence.org /alaska/facilities/breakthrough/kent.htm   (176 words)

  
 Ken Thompson: developed UNIX at Bell Labs
Kenneth Lane Thompson was the principal inventor of UNIX.
Thompson originally wrote it for use on MULTICS, but he soon began work on rewriting it for use on a little-used and already-obsolete PDP-7 that was at Bell Labs.
Thompson, like Linus Torvalds, the founder of Linux, is another example of history being shaped by the right person being ready at the right time.
www.bellevuelinux.org /thompson.html   (1314 words)

  
 The Ken Thompson Hack
Ken wrote, In demonstrating the possibility of this kind of attack, I picked on the C compiler.
Ken does not mean bug in the sense of error, but in the sense of listening device.
Ken notes "I could have picked on any program-handling program such as an assembler, a loader, or even hardware microcode." Put it in the linker, say, and all your compilers are affected.
c2.com /cgi/wiki?TheKenThompsonHack   (721 words)

  
 Ken Thompson Summary
Kenneth Thompson was born on February 4, 1943 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Lewis Elwood Thompson, a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, and Anna Hazel Lane Thompson.
Thompson and Dennis Ritchie developed Unix as an operating system that could be used on any type of computer, giving a stable, flexible, and consistent computing environment.
Kenneth Lane Thompson (born February 4 1943), commonly referred to as Ken Thompson, is a pioneer of computer science notable for his contributions to the development of the C programming language and the UNIX operating system.
www.bookrags.com /Ken_Thompson   (1901 words)

  
 Kenneth Lane Thompson Biography | World of Computer Science
Thompson conceived of the system in the late 1960s, and together with Dennis Ritchie, a colleague working with him at Bell Laboratories, developed UNIX as an alternative to the old batch programming systems that dominated the industry at the time.
Thompson received his B.S. in electrical engineering in 1965 and his M.S. in electrical engineering in 1966, both from Berkeley.
Though Thompson's formal education was in electronic hardware and he built a lot of computers, he was very accomplished in developing computer software, and this is what he pursued professionally.
www.bookrags.com /biography/kenneth-lane-thompson-wcs   (1112 words)

  
 Academic Staff & Independent Research Fellows   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Thompson, K, Hodgson, J G, Smith, R M, Warren, P H and Gaston, K J. (2004) Urban domestic gardens III: Composition and diversity of lawn floras.
Staddon, P L, Thompson, K, Jakobsen, I, Grime, J P, Askew, A P and Fitter, A H. (2003) Mycorrhizal fungal abundance is affected by long-term climatic manipulations in the field.
Thompson, K, Hodgson, J G, Grime, J P and Burke, M J W. (2001) Plant traits and temporal scale; evidence from a five-year invasion experiment using native species.
www.shef.ac.uk /aps/contacts/acadstaff/thompson.html   (561 words)

  
 /Message: Ken Thompson on Bioteaming   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Ken will be speaking at the upcoming Collaboration Technologies Conference 2006 on this topic.
Ken's basic observation is that observing how animals interact may offer some lessons for us.
Ken's suggestion is that high performing teams share many similarities with the interactions of these proven techniques in the animal kingdom.
www.stoweboyd.com /message/2006/04/ken_thompson_on.html   (1062 words)

  
 jargon, node: back door   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Ken Thompson's 1983 Turing Award lecture to the ACM admitted the existence of a back door in early Unix versions that may have qualified as the most fiendishly clever security hack of all time.
In this scheme, the C compiler contained code that would recognize when the `login' command was being recompiled and insert some code recognizing a password chosen by Thompson, giving him entry to the system whether or not an account had been created for him.
Ken Thompson has since confirmed that this hack was implemented and that the Trojan Horse code did appear in the login binary of a Unix Support group machine.
www.jargon.net /jargonfile/b/backdoor.html   (329 words)

  
 UCPE-Ken Thompson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Ken Thompson is a senior researcher at the University of Sheffield, UK, with over 25 years’ research experience.
Thompson, K and Jones, A. Human population density and prediction of local plant extinction in Britain.
Thompson, K, Gaston, K J and Band, S R. Range size, dispersal and niche breadth in the herbaceous flora of central England.
www.shef.ac.uk /~nuocpe/ucpe/ken.html   (403 words)

  
 About Gray Hill Solutions, Inc. - Resume of Ken Thompson
Ken’s background and training in a variety of business settings enable him to readily assess, analyze and communicate relevant needs and issues, and to plan and manage complex projects.
Ken served on this project as a project planner, responsible for authoring and maintaining the Project Schedule (MS Project).
Ken has performed extensive quality assurance testing on the BusSpeak™ system, including quantitative and statistical analysis of data and testing of the user interface, and is currently authoring the User Manual.
www.grayhillsolutions.com /about/kenresume.htm   (448 words)

  
 Ken Thompson - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre
Kenneth Lane Thompson (* Nueva Orleans, 4 de febrero de 1943), conocido como Ken Thompson, es un pionero en las ciencias de la computación.
Thompson también diseño el lenguaje de programación B, un precursor del C.
Thompson había desarrollado la versión de CTSS del editor QED, que incluyó las expresiones regulares para buscar el texto.
es.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ken_Thompson   (440 words)

  
 Computer: Interview with Ken Thompson, May 1999   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Thompson: First, I have to say that the language itself is almost exclusively the work of Sean Dorward, and in my talking about it I don't want to imply I had much to do with it.
Thompson: A few of us in research were tapped by a newly formed development organization within Lucent to work on a product called the PathStar Access Server.
Thompson: Well, at first we thought it was simple: You just write a finite state machine for this phone system.
www.cs.princeton.edu /courses/archive/spring03/cs333/thompson.html   (4577 words)

  
 Linux Today - Eric S. Raymond -- Ken Thompson clarifies matters
The best news, I guess, is that Ken says he didn't intend to write off Linux itself as simply an anti-Microsoft backlash; what he was trying to say was that he believes the recent popularity of Linux in the press is an anything-but-Microsoft phenomenon.
Ken further adds ``i dont see eye-to-eye with microsoft's business practices.'' His original language was rather stronger and more entertaining, but he asked me not to quote that in order to avoid giving Lucent's lawyers heart failure.
Ken did finish by saying ``i must say the linux community is a lot nicer than the unix community.
linuxtoday.com /stories/5722.html   (562 words)

  
 The Evolution of Ken Thompson | IT Business Edge
Thompson was originally hesitant to join the offshoring bandwagon, preferring to watch how it affected his competition.
Thompson, having seen first-hand the impact that offshoring is having on India, feels that globalization is good for everyone and that the free trade of IT and financial services should be a large part of that globalization effort.
According to this article, Thompson even believes that the benefits of offshoring could help counter terrorist activities in the third-world countries where IT and call center work is being sent.
www.itbusinessedge.com /item/?ci=9273   (970 words)

  
 CareerTech Champion Ken Thompson
Thompson attributes skills learned at Tulsa Tech while in high school and values from his parents for his ascent within this successful company.
His father and two friends influenced Thompson’s decision to attend the technology center as a junior in high school.
Thompson likes to learn and wants to go back to college for a mechanical engineering degree.
www.okcareertech.org /pio/champs/thompson.htm   (810 words)

  
 Ken Thompson Definition. Define Ken Thompson. What is Ken Thompson?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Ken was first hired to work on the {Multics} project, which was a huge production with many people working on it.
Ken's wife Bonnie and son Corey (then 18 months old) went to visit family in San Diego.
Ken spent one week each on the {kernel}, {file system}, etc., and finished UNIX in one month along with developing {SPACEWAR} (or was it "Space Travel"?).
www.learnthat.com /define/hitting.asp?ID=6317   (296 words)

  
 Unix and Computer Science | Linux Journal
Thompson and Ritchie presented Bell Labs with proposals to buy them a computer so they could build their own interactive, time sharing operating system.
Eventually, Ken Thompson found a little-used and obsolete PDP-7 computer, a tiny machine in the class of a Commodore 64 computer.
The environment Thompson was attempting, explains Ritchie, included "many of the innovative aspects of Multics", such as "an explicit notion of a process as a locus of control, a tree-structured file system, a command interpreter as a user-level program, simple representation of text files, and generalized access to devices"3.
www.linuxjournal.com /article/2792   (2804 words)

  
 Bibliography ken   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Thompson, Reflections on Trusting Trust H alf of the 1983 T uring Award Lecture, Comm.
Pike and D. Presotto and K. Thompson and H. Trickey, Plan 9 from B ell L abs, UKUUG Proceedings of the Summer 1990 Conference, London England, 1990.
Pike and D. Presotto and K. Thompson and H. Trickey and P. Winterbottom, The Use of Name Spaces in P lan 9, Proceedings of the 5th ACM SIGOPS Workshop, Mont Saint-Michel, 1992.
cm.bell-labs.com /cm/cs/bib2html/ken.html   (251 words)

  
 Ken Thompson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kenneth Lane Thompson (born February 4, 1943), commonly referred to as Ken Thompson (or simply Ken in hacker circles), is a pioneer of computer science notable for his work with the B programming language and his shepherding the UNIX and Plan 9 from Bell Labs operating systems.
Later, with the help of chess endgame expert John Roycroft, Thompson distributed his first results on CD-ROM.
This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-06-17, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ken_Thompson   (813 words)

  
 Unixica.com -- A tribute to the Unix and its people
Ken is the most talented programmer computer industry has ever seen.
Ken joined Bell Labs after finishing his study at UCB in summer 1969, to work on Multics.
Dennis invented the C programming language, which is appreciated by a huge number of programmers around the world, and despite its age is still one of the most used programming languages around.
www.unixica.com /html/bell.html   (804 words)

  
 Ken Hill, Ken Mehlman, Ken Thompson, Ken Duncan, Ken Jennings
Ken Hill, Ken Mehlman, Ken Thompson, Ken Duncan, Ken Jennings
ken mehlman A burst of whiskers on the late mornings...
Getting caught in the rhythm to a presentation had no! ken jennings The moment to fulfill her mother worked their ears in.
kohiki.com /swd03/ken.html   (1079 words)

  
 Ken Thompson - Folk Keyboards - Mccomb, MS - Pike County, Mississippi
Let Ken Thompson be your choice for the perfect Folk Keyboards at your private party, corporate event, or special occasion in Mccomb, Mississippi.
KEN THOMPSON IS A SOLO ARTIST WHO HAS RELEASED TWO CD'S, "JUSTICE" AND "VOICE OF FREEDOM".
If you book 'Ken Thompson' for your event, you'll be charged a 5% booking fee.
www.gigmasters.com /folk/KenThompson   (406 words)

  
 Ken Thompson
When Thompson accepted The Morehead in the late 1960s, the Rocky Mount native appreciated the financial windfall.
As Thompson made his way through UNC, he felt a responsibility as a Morehead, “a responsibility to do well.” The American Studies major went on to earn his MBA at Wake Forest and took a job with then-First Union.
Today, in addition to navigating the First Union-Wachovia merger, Thompson also serves on the boards of Teach for America, the YMCA and United Way.
www.moreheadfoundation.org /alumni/thompson.html   (211 words)

  
 Unix history
Ken Thompson (from UC Berkeley, at BTL since 1966) and
But in keeping with their need for extreme economy, Richie wrote a "cut-down version of BCPL" with the abbreviated name, B. In 1970, BTL purchased a PDP-11 for a text preparation project: "Only the processor and memory arrived, there was no disc.
The first edition of the "UNIX PROGRAMMER'S MANUAL [by] K. Thompson [and] D. Ritchie" is dated "November 3, 1971".
www.english.uga.edu /hc/unixhistoryrev.html   (671 words)

  
 :: Entrisphere - About Us - Core Team ::   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
During his long career at Bell Labs, Ken made numerous developmental contributions to operating systems, programming languages, security, computer chess, digital music systems, and networking equipment.
Ken holds a BS and MS from Berkeley, and an honorary doctorate from McGill.
Ken is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
www.entrisphere.com /aboutus/coreteam.php   (1295 words)

  
 Ken Thompson in DaynotesForum
Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie were the principal creators of the Unix operating system, at Bell Labs in 1969.
Later, while still at Bell Labs, he and Rob Pike were the principal creators of the Plan 9 operating system.
"Probably the glaring error in Unix was that it underevaluated the concept of remoteness." -- Ken Thompson
leuf.net /ww/wikidn?KenThompson   (115 words)

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