Thursday 22 March 2018

Inventor of modern email Ray Tomlinson dies

The inventor of modern email has died
The inventor of modern email has died

Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of modern email, has died, according to his employer Raytheon.

Email existed in a limited capacity before Mr Tomlinson's work, in that electronic messages could be shared amid multiple people within a limited framework.

But until his invention in 1971 of the first network person-to-person email there was no way to send something to a specific person at a specific address.

Mr Tomlinson chose the "@" symbol to connect the username with the destination address and it has now become a cultural icon.

While he was a holder of numerous awards and other accolades, colleagues say he was humble and modest, and surprisingly, not a frequent checker of email.

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