Brian Kernighan worked with DennisRitchie, inventor of the C Programming language, and together they wrote the 'bible' for it, affectionately known as 'the white book' or K&R. He's also somewhat responsible for awk(1). Works at Bell Labs, which is now part of Lucent.

Read an interview with Brian Kernighan.

See PPR:BrianKernighan and WikiPedia:BrianKernighan.