- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 6, 2016

The man widely cited as the inventor of email has died, CNN reported Sunday afternoon. Raymond Tomlinson was 74.

Mr. Tomlinson reportedly had a heart attack and died Saturday.

In 1971, Mr. Tomlinson invented a system for ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet, that let people send messages to other computers.

Tomlinson’s email program brought about a complete revolution, fundamentally changing the way people communicate,” reads his biography at the Internet Hall of Fame.

He also is credioed with saving the “@” symbol, which had fallen into disuse in written communications, by making it a standard part of email addresses.



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