7 March 2016

Inventor of modern email, Ray Tomlinson, dies

An undated photo provided by Raytheon BBN Technologies shows Raymond Tomlinson. Tomlinson, the inventor of modern email and selector of the "@" symbol, has died. Raytheon Co., his employer, on Sunday, March 6, 2016, confirmed his death; the details were not immediately available.
Raymond Tomlinson, the inventor of modern email and a technological leader, has died, his employer said Sunday.

Tomlinson died Saturday, the Raytheon Co. said; the details were not immediately available.

Email existed in a limited capacity before Tomlinson in that electronic messages could be shared amid multiple people within a limited framework. But until his invention in 1971 of the first network person-to-person email, there was no way to send something to a specific person at a specific address.