E-Mail Inventor Ray Tomlinson Passed Away (Download PDF)


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Internet and e-mail inventor Raymond Tomlinson passed away in Washington, United States at the age of 74 years. Tomlinson designed direct electronic messages service between users on different machines on a certain network in 1971.

Key pioneering inventions:

email system:

  • The ARPANET system has been invented by him, which is considered as the precursor to the Internet.
  • Before this users could only write messages to others using the same computer.


  • @Sign is used to send electronic messages on different machines on a certain network successfully by separating the user name from the name of their machine.
  • And from then this separation scheme is used in email addresses and has become standard.

About Ray Tomlinson:

  • He was born on 23rd April 1941 as Raymond Samuel Tomlinson in Amsterdam, New York, US.
  • He had completed his graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in electrical engineering.
  • He had joined the technology company of Bolt, Beranek and Newman now BBN Technologies in 1967.
  • And during this he had helped in the development of the TENEX operating system including ARPANET Network Control Program and TELNET implementations.

Awards and Honours:

  • IEEE Internet Award in 2004
  • George R. Stibitz Computer Pioneer Award in 2000
  • In 2012 he was welcomed in the Internet Hall of Fame (IHF) by the Internet Society.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 7, 2016


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