Ray Tomlinson, Inventor of Email, Dies at 74.

Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of “email” has died at 74 years of age after he succumbed to a heart attack on Saturday morning, March 5.

Ray Tomlinson, inventor of email and the use of the @ symbol in email addresses.

The father of email, Ray Tomlinson, passed away on Saturday, March 5. It is reported that he died of a heart attack.

The world will forever be grateful for the legacy of Ray Tomlinson. His work has revolutionised the world of communication. He also chose the ‘@’ symbol for email addresses.

The sad news was confirmed by the director of corporate PR at Tomlinson’s employer Raytheon, Mike Doble, who described Tomlinson as a “true technology pioneer” in a statement made after the latter’s death.

Tomlinson’s name got engraved in history since 1971 when he created a system enabling the sending of a message from one network to another. Back then, he had been working on ARPANET, the distant relative of the modern Internet. Years later, in 2012, Tomlinson was formally added to the Internet Hall of Fame.

The world has come together to pay tribute to Tomlinson. Gmail, amongst others, tweeted about him after his death.

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