2011's notable tech industry deaths

Steve Jobs, Ken Olsen and Dennis Ritchie among giants the industry lost in 2011


The death of Steve Jobs at the age of 56 on October 5 triggered an unprecedented level of grieving and tributes across the IT industry (and well beyond). And while Jobs was the most high profile technology innovator to die this year, he was far from the only significant loss for the tech industry.

Following the sad news that former IBM CEO John R Opel passed away earlier this week, we look back at those who died this year whose impact on the industry and our lives will carry on.