Ray Tomlinson

Raymond Samuel Tomlinson is a US programmer who implemented an email system in 1971 on the ARPANET. It was the first system able to send mail between users on different hosts connected to the ARPAnet. (Previously, mail could be sent only to others who used the same computer.) To achieve this, he used the @ sign to separate the user from their machine, which has been used in email addresses ever since.The first email Ray Tomlinson sent was a test e-mail. It was not preserved and Tomlinson describes it as insignificant, something like "QWERTYUIOP". This is commonly misquoted as "The first e-mail was QWERTYUIOP".
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  • Remembering Ray Tomlinson: The reason email is “where it’s @”

    … on the marketing industry can’t be overstated. It created an opportunity for brands to communicate with the consumer in an unprecedented and personal way that—to this day—results in the highest ROI among marketing channels. His passing was noted in a March 6 Tweet from, very appropriately, the Twitter account of one of the worlds’ best-known email brands: Gmail: “Thank you, Ray Tomlinson, for inventing email and putting the @ sign on the map. #RIP.” …

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