Some of you will recollect that Anand Babu mentioned in his lecture
that he was inspired by the description of RMS in the book by Steven
Levy as 'the last true hacker'. I remarked that that honour actually
belongs to Dennis Ritchie, who is still, in some sense, hacking away.
There's an article in the Economist about Dennis Ritchie, and everything
that's happened as a consequence of his work. It's a must read: