- Tomlinson reportedly died on Saturday
- He invented email in 1971 in the early days of networked computers
- Mike Doble said Tomlinson was a true technology pioneer who brought us email
- He worked with Arpanet company who were responsible for developing an early version of the Internet
- He was inducted into the Internet Hall of fame in 2012 by his peers
The death is reported of internet ground breaker Ray Tomlinson, who is credited with the invention of email.
The US computer programmer is feared to have died on Saturday from a heart attack at the age of 74 but information as whether he died at home or not is scanty and so is a confirmed cause of death.
However, a statement from Raytheon spokesman Mike Doble that, “a true technology pioneer, Ray was the man who brought us email in the early days of networked computers,” confirmed his death.
Tomlinson is credited with the idea of electronic messages that could be sent from one network to another in 1971.
His invention included the ground-breaking use of the @ symbol in email addresses, which is now the standard address system for emailing.
The innovative inventor sent what is now regarded as the first email to Bolt, Beranek and Newman while working in Boston as an engineer for the research company.
The research company was responsible for developing an early version of the Internet, known as Arpanet, who allowed people to send person-to-person messages to other computer users on other servers.
Tomlinson later said he could not remember what he wrote in his first test message, describing it as “completely forgettable”.
His peers recognized his work in 2012 when he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
The tech world reacted with sadness over the passing of Tomlinson as a Gmail’s official Twitter account read, “thank you, Ray Tomlinson, for inventing email and putting the @ sign on the map.”