Raymond Samuel Tomlinson, the inventor of E-mail and the man who picked @symbol for addresses, passed away in Washington on 6 March 2016. He was 74.
He was an American computer scientist who became a cult figure for his invention in 1971 of a program for APRANET, the internet predecessor that allowed people to send person to person messages to other computer users on other servers.
He was working at Bolt Beranek and Newman – now Raytheon BBN Technologies – when he made his email breakthrough
In 2000, he received the George R. Stibitz Computer Pioneer Award from the American Computer Museum. He also received Webby Award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science. He also won Innovation award from Discover magazine, and the Eduard-Rhein Cultural Award.
In 2012, Tomlinson was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.
He was born on 23 April 1941 in Amsterdam in New York, Unites States (US).