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 for Ken Thompson
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Ken Thompson
  
      The principal inventor of the Unix operating
     system and author of the B language, the predecessor of
     C.
  
     In the early days Ken used to hand-cut Unix distribution
     tapes, often with a note that read "Love, ken".  Old-timers
     still use his first name (sometimes uncapitalised, because
     it's a login name and mail address) in third-person reference;
     it is widely understood (on Usenet in particular) that
     without a last name "Ken" refers only to Ken Thompson.
     Similarly, Dennis without last name means Dennis Ritchie
     (and he is often known as dmr).
  
     Ken was first hired to work on the Multics project, which
     was a huge production with many people working on it.  Multics
     was supposed to support hundreds of on-line logins but could
     barely handle three.
  
     In 1969, when Bell Labs withdrew from the project, Ken got fed
     up with Multics and went off to write his own operating
     system.  People said "well, if zillions of people wrote
     Multics, then an OS written by one guy must be Unix!".  There
     was some joking about eunichs as well.
  
     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"?).
  
     See also back door, brute force, demigod, wumpus.
  
     (1999-01-26)
  

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