Raymond Tomlinson


Internet pioneer and e-mail inventor Raymond Tomlinson passed away in Washington, United States. He was 74 years old.
Tomlinson invented direct electronic messages between users on different machines on a certain network in 1971. Key pioneering inventions First email system: He implemented it on the ARPANET system which is considered as the precursor to the Internet. Prior to this system, users could only write messages to others using the same computer. @ sign: To send electronic messages on different machines on a certain network successfully he had used @ sign to separate the user name from the name of their machine. Since then this separation scheme is used in email addresses and has become standard.

About Ray Tomlinson Born as Raymond Samuel Tomlinson on April 23, 1941 in Amsterdam, New York, US. He had graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in electrical engineering. In 1967, he had joined the technology company of Bolt, Beranek and Newman (now BBN Technologies). In this company he had helped to develop the TENEX operating system including ARPANET Network Control Program and TELNET implementations.

Awards and Honours: IEEE Internet Award (2004), George R. Stibitz Computer Pioneer Award (2000). He was inducted in the Internet Hall of Fame (IHF) in 2012 by the Internet Society. IHF has mentioned that his email program has brought about a complete revolution, fundamentally changed the way people communicate.

ARPANET system: Abbreviated as Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET). It was an early packet switching network and the first network to implement the protocol suite TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol). Both of these technologies became the technical foundation of the Internet.

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