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First Bell Labs Years

First Bell Labs Years Dennis moved back to his family home in Summit, New Jersey in September of 1967, immediately starting work as a Member of Technical Staff at the Murray Hill office of Bell Laboratories. As he described… “My father was a mathematician, and, before the IBM Selectric typewriter, I can tell you that he …

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Grad School Years

Grad School Years Dennis graduated from Harvard in Spring 1963 with a major in Physics.  That spring he had been accepted into the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to study towards the A.M. degree in the subject of Applied Mathematics, under the Division of Engineering and Applied Physics, special field of “theory and …

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College Years

College Years Dennis arrived at Harvard as a freshman in September 1959, after graduating from Summit High School in Summit, New Jersey.  Born in 1941 to Alistair English (A.E.) Ritchie and Jean McGee Ritchie, he was just turning 18 when he started college.  Dennis was the oldest of four children; followed by sister Lynn (turning …

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1960s Electronic Typing Technology

1960s Electronic Typing Technology The 1960s was the first “information overload” decade, as the capacity to produce business/professional documents and paperwork increased exponentially and the need to organize and manage it grew right alongside.  Information management technology, relatively primitive at this time, did not hold ready solutions. IBM was the 800 pound gorilla of the …

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Anatomy of a Thesis

Anatomy of a Thesis What Do We Know About How It Was Typed?  For starters, we can’t say for certain how Dennis’ thesis was typed.  Our experts Chuck Bigelow and David Brailsford believe it was typed on an IBM Selectric typewriter with golf-ball typing element, but thus far they have not been able to identify …

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How Was It Typed

How Was It Typed MIT Examples dmr Examples What Do We Know About How It Was Typed?  For starters, we can’t say for certain how Dennis’ thesis was typed.  Our experts Chuck Bigelow and David Brailsford believe it was typed on an IBM Selectric typewriter with golf-ball typing element, but thus far they have not …

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