Inventor of email passes away

The inventor of the modern email, Raymond Tomlinson, has died.

By - March 7, 2016 Share on LinkedIn

The inventor of the modern email, Raymond Tomlinson, has died, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Tomlinson died on 5 March, said his employer Raytheon Co. No further details were provided.

“Email existed in a limited capacity before Tomlinson, in that electronic messages could be shared amid multiple people within a limited framework,” stated the report.

In 1971, Tomlinson created the first person-to-person email network. This led the way for users to send mails to a specific person at a specific address.

Tomlinson sent the first email on the ARPANET system – a network created for the US government – and is the one who selected the “@” symbol for addresses.

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