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Email Poineer dies at age 74


Ray Tomlinson, the man credited with
founding email, has passed away at
the age of 74, according to a report
from the Sydney Morning Herald.
According to the report, Tomlinson
died of a heart attack.



Tomlinson was a part a team of
computer programmers at research
and design company Bolt Beranek
and Newman (now BBN Technologies)
in Cambridge, Mass., and had begun
experimenting with internal
messaging in 1971.

Tomlinson had an idea to send a text message between computers using a new network (and a predeccesor to the Internet) called Arpanet, routing it using an “@” symbol.

He recalled the first email sent in an
interview with NPR from 2009 : “The
keyboards were about 10 feet apart…I
could wheel my chair from one to the
other and type a message on one, and
then go to the other, and then see
what I had tried to send.”

By the 1980s government and
military personnel were actively
using the system. And by the 1990s
email had become one of two pillars
of the budding consumer Internet,
alongside the World Wide Web.
Tomlinson was subsequently inducted
into the Internet Hall of Fame in
2012.

Tomlinson told NPR that he had a
feeling that what he had discovered
with the “@” symbol would have some
impact.

“What I didn’t imagine was how
quickly that would happen,” he said.

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