Sunday March 06, 2016

Email Inventor Ray Tomlinson Dies At 74

RIP to the man who gave us a new and radical way to communicate. Mr. Tomlinson was an MIT alum who also helped spearhead ARPANET and TELNET.

Tomlinson was best known for choosing the @ symbol to indicate a message should be sent to a different computer on a network. He also led development of standards for the from, subject, and date fields found in every email message sent today. He earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1963 and a master's in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965, where he worked on speech synthesis.