The inventor of email, Ray Tomlinson, has passed away

Ray Tomlinson, the man who invented email, has passed away.

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Published Sun, Mar 6 2016 9:25 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:01 PM CST

We all use email like it's oxygen, but do you know who invented electronic mail? That would be Ray Tomlinson, who has sadly passed away from a suspected heart attack, at age 74.

The inventor of email, Ray Tomlinson, has passed away | TweakTown.com

Tomlinson established the first networked email system on ARPANET in 1971 using the user@host format, something we still use today. 6 years later in 1977, his approach became a standard, and it eventually dominated. Tomlinson was also credited with using the @ symbol for email, but it also became synonymous with everything related to the Internet.

Social networks jumped on board, with Twitter using @ in a big way - can you begin to imagine Twitter without the @ - yeah, it just wouldn't be the same.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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