Inventor email Raymond Tomlinson is deceased

Mar

7

2016

Raymond Tomlinson, known as the inventor of email is deceased at the age of 74. It was he who in 1971 first email sent and the @ sign implemented to set up email addresses with.

Raymond Tomlinson Tomlinson was born in the US state of New York, was in the sixties involved in the development of Arpanet, seen as a forerunner of the modern Internet. He was there, he involved the implementation of e-mail; previously it was only possible to send messages to users who were using the same host. To separate users and hosts Tomlinson used the @ sign, which today is still used to define email addresses.

The program that was used to send the first e-mail was called Sndmsg. What is the first e-mail was not entirely clear: Tomlinson said earlier it does not quite remember, but it was something as insignificant as qwertyuiop. Tomlinson had only 200 lines of code needed for the construction of Sndmsg.

For his contributions Tomlinson was included in the American Internet Hall of Fame. Not only to send the first e-mail, but also for helping to create e-mail standards that are still used today. Tomlinson was 74 years old.

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