Ray Tomlinson who was the first person to systematically send electronic mails has died of a heart attack at 74.
Working for Boston-based tech firm BBN back in 1971, Ray Tomlinson was the first man who developed a system which included sending electronic messages between computers on different host networks while working on ARPANET.
In this format, you could share messages for other users on the same computer. That called for an address by which each user distinction could be made and hence, Tomlinson initiated the use of the @ symbol.
He said in an interview that he wanted to use something that could be used to link the user name and where they were and @ being the only preposition available on the keyboard seemed like a great choice.
Ever since then he has been accredited with the great achievement although he has been very modest about it. He said that until someone started asking him questions about it in 1995, all he thought he had done was send the first email, according to SMH.
However, the tech world recognised Tomlinson as they gave proper acclaim to his work. In 2011 he was ranked fourth on the list of the 150 most significant innovators to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was also inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014.
Ray Tomlinson recently passed away at the age of 74 due to a heart attack. The innovator’s death was confirmed by Mike Doble, the director of corporate PR at Tomlinson's employer Raytheon.
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The entire tech world mourns the death of this pioneer calling it a true loss. The email still remains on of the most used sources of communication worldwide despite so many innovative messaging services and the @ symbol will always be accredited to Tomlinson.