The Creator of Email Died at the Age of 74

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Ray Tomlinson, the creator of email and the one who picked the @ symbol for address died due to a heart attack that occurred on Saturday March,5 2016.

“Email existed in a limited capacity before Tomlinson 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,” stated

“Tomlinson was born in Amsterdam, New York, but his family soon moved to the small, unincorporated village of Vail Mills, New York. He attended Broadalbin Central School in nearby Broadalbin, New York. Later he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York where he participated in the co-op program with IBM. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from RPI in 1963.” commented MediaPost Communications

“After graduating from RPI, he entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or (MIT) to continue his electrical engineering education.” wrote NanoNews   At (MIT), Tomlinson worked in the Speech Communication Group and developed an analog digital hybrid speech synthesizer as the subject of his thesis for the master’s degree in electrical engineering, which he received in 1965.

Harry Forsdick, who commuted for 15 years with Tomlinson, said he was the best programmer at the company, and many younger engineers aspired to be like him. He described Tomlinson as a “nerdy guy from MIT” who didn’t thrive on the glory that came later in his career but that it was well-deserved,” reported the Latimes.