RIP Ray Tomlinson: Inventor of modern email
News of his death sent his name trending on social media as people paid tribute to the “genius” with many adding the @ sign into their post.
Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of modern email, has died, according to his employer Raytheon.
TO : Ray@Tomlinson
FROM : @ITGMonsterGeek
SUBJECT : Rest is peace.
BODY : Thanks for the @ and more.
— Alex (@PBMonsterGeek) March 6, 2016
Email existed in a limited capacity before Tomlinson’s work, 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.
Tomlinson chose the “@” symbol to connect the username with the destination address and it has now become a cultural icon.
RIP Ray Tomlinson. The man who invented and sent the first email. You are a modern day hero. https://t.co/JF9CCHn5kB
— Dana Runza (@RunzaDana) March 6, 2016
While he was a holder of numerous awards and other accolades, colleagues say he was humble, modest and, surprisingly, not a frequent checker of email.