Ray Tomlinson, the creator of email, has died
widely credited as the creator of email, has died, his employer, Raytheon, told CNN on Sunday. He was 74.
Tomlinson invented direct email messages in 1971. Before his invention, electronic messages could be shared only on a very limited network.
Among those paying tribute was Gmail, one of many offshoots of Tomlinson's creation.
The birth of the @ world
Tomlinson had seen a mailbox protocol he'd thought was too complex. In its place, he hacked together a simpler plan that included such now-commonplace concepts as the "@" sign -- to denote the location of the correspondents -- and the naming of the fields.