The Fathers of Computing - Father of E-Mail

By Debra Donston  |  Posted 2012-05-28 Print this article Print
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Father of E-Mail: Raymond Tomlinson

In 1971, Tomlinson implemented the first e-mail system on different hosts connected to the ARPAnet. He used the @ sign to separate the user from the machine, a convention that's been in use ever since.

eWEEK honors the founding fathers of the computing industry.

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