Ray Tomlinson, the man who put the @ in email, passes away aged 74

New York-born Tomlinson is best known for selecting the @ symbol to connect a username with the destination address email, making it a central part of the communications process. While working for Bolt Beranek and Newman, the company that developed the first program for sending network email, Tomlinson chose the symbol — which was fairly obscure at the time — to differentiate local and global emails on a list. From there, it became the designation for address formats, which exploded as email went global as a communications medium.Read more.


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