Monday, 14 March 2016

RAY TOMLINSON THE INVENTOR OF E-MAIL DIES AT 74

RAY TOMLINSON, the inventor of email as we know it today and the one who picked the @ symbol for email addresses, passed away at the age of 75 following an apparent heart attack Saturday morning, according to reports. Hard to believe but 'the godfather of email', a computing legend who changed the way the world communicates today has passed away . His death was confirmed by Mike Doble, director of corporate PR at Tomlinson's employer Raytheon. "A true technology pioneer, brought us the email in the early days of networked computers," Doble said in a statement confirming Tomlinson's death. The Internet reacted with sadness over the dead of Tomlinson, whom through his invention of a system that allowed a user on one network to send a message to other computer users on other network in 1971 became a legend. At the time of his invention, Tomlinson was working onARPANET– predecessor of the modern Internet – at research and design company Bolt Beranek and Newman (now BBN Technologies). Tomlinson used @ symbol in the email address in order to separate the username from the host name. By the 1990s email had become a pillar of the Internet and Tomlinson was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012, though could not say what the very first email sent back in 1971 actually said. In an interview with the New York Times in 2009 Ray said that the email was just random strings of text, saying: "I sent a number of text messages to myself from one machine to the other. The text messages were entirely forgettable and, therefore, forgotten." Thanks to Tomlinson's invention that powers over a Billion and half users communicating across the traditional barriers of time and space. RIP Ray Tomlinson
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