Email Founder Passes Away – RIP Ray Tomlinson
A true technology pioneer - Ray Tomlinson - passed away last week, at the age of 75, due to an apparent heart attack.While many folks might now know his name, Ray Tomlinson has influenced every single...
A true technology pioneer – Ray Tomlinson – passed away last week, at the age of 75, due to an apparent heart attack.
While many folks might now know his name, Ray Tomlinson has influenced every single person on the planet. He invented email as we know it today and picked the @ symbol for email addresses.
An article on thehackernews.com, RIP Ray Tomlinson, The Creator of Email, Dies at 74, helped share some of the email community’s reactions to the passing. For example, Gmail tweeted out “Thank you, Ray Tomlinson, for inventing email and putting the @ sign on the map. #RIP”
So, how did Tomlinson get credited as being the godfather of email? He was working on ARPANET at the time, which is the predecessor of the modern Internet. He needed to find a way to separate usernames from host names, and thought of the @ symbol.
By the 1990s email had become a pillar of the Internet and Tomlinson was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012, though he could not say what the very first email sent back in 1971 actually said. Tomlinson said in an interview with the New York Times in 2009 that the email was just random strings of text, saying: “I sent a number of test messages to myself from one machine to the other. The test messages were entirely forgettable and, therefore, forgotten.” Thanks to Tomlinson’s invention that powers over a billion and a half users communicating across the traditional barriers of time and space.