The creator of the email has died

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It’s hard to believe that not too long ago there was no such thing as email. It was back in the 1970’s that US programmer Ray Tomlinson invented the email along with the @ symbol for the messaging system.

It has been reported that Tomlinson died this weekend at the age of 74. He invented direct electronic messages in 1971. Before his invention, users could only write messages to others on a limited network.

Tributes poured in from the online world with the likes of Google (Gmail) tweeting about the sad loss saying “Thank you, Ray Tomlinson, for inventing email and putting the @ sign on the map. #RIP