Fernando Corbató shuts down (CTSS -> Multics -> Unix)


Always a shame, but 93 isn’t bad going.

His Turing Award lecture from 1990 is “On building systems that will fail.” (PDF inside)

Here’s that 1963 interview, in two parts:

And a quote:

Corbató is sometimes known for “Corbató’s Law” which states:

The number of lines of code a programmer can write in a fixed period of time is the same independent of the language used.

Here’s the 1989 oral history interview by the Charles Babbage Institute (PDF).