Ray Tomlinson, the email Inventor, Passes Away
Ray Tomlinson, best known for selecting the @ symbol to connect a username with the destination address email, has passed away at the age of 74. Tomlinson was the one who chose the symbol @ to differentiate local and global emails on a list. From there, it became the designation for address formats, which exploded as email went global as a communications medium.
Ray Tomlinson, became a cult figure for his invention in 1971 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.
“A true technology pioneer, Ray was the man who brought us email in the early days of networked computers,” Raytheon spokesman Mike Doble said in a statement confirming his death.
Tomlinson’s invention has had a larger modern-day impact too, shaping social media services like Twitter and Facebook, where @ is universally synonymous with direct communication with an individual.
Source: BBC, Tchcrunch