Ray Tomlinson, inventor of email, dies at age 74

Posted on:07 Mar 2016 12:26:56

Ray Tomlinson, inventor of email, dies at age 74
07 March 2016 Current Affairs GK: Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of email and the man who picked the @ symbol for addresses, has died aged 74. Ray was the man who brought us email in the early days of networked computers.The tech world reacted with sadness over the passing of Tomlinson, somewhat of a cult hero for his 1971 invention of a program for ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor, that allowed people to send person-to-person messages to other computer users on other servers.Originally from Amsterdam, New York, Tomlinson went to school at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MIT in the 1960s, and was working at research and development company Bolt Beranek and Newman - now Raytheon BBN Technologies.Around the time email started to become a household word, Tomlinson began receiving worldwide recognition for his achievement.In 2000, he received the George R. Stibitz Computer Pioneer Award from the American Computer Museum. From there followed honors that included a Webby Award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science, and an Innovation award from Discover magazine, and the Eduard-Rhein Cultural Award, according to his biography.

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