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".
Posts about Ray Tomlinson
  • Remembering Ray Tomlinson: The reason email is “where it’s @”

    … Ray Tomlinson, widely known as the inventor of email, passed away at age 74 over the weekend. An internet innovator, Tomlinson created the first person to person email in 1971 and is responsible for the “@” in all of our email addresses. Movable Ink co-founder and CEO Vivek Sharma remembers Tomlinson as a pioneer and a visionary. “In an age…

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