Edsger Dijkstra has Died (UPDATED)
Edsger Dijkstra, a profound influence on computer science for the last half century, died on Tuesday of cancer. Several months ago I was preparing for a comprehensive exam in computer science and it seemed like I couldn't read more than a few pages without encountering one of Dijkstra's ideas. Joey deVilla has written a nice memorial piece about Dijkstra, and I recommend it to you.
Update (Friday, August 9, 9:35 AM EST): The NY Times has posted an obituary.