Inventor of the email dies age 74

Monday 07 March 2016 18.42
Ray Tomlinson pioneered the use of the 'at' symbol, the key feature used in all email addresses today
Ray Tomlinson pioneered the use of the 'at' symbol, the key feature used in all email addresses today

The man credited with inventing the email, Ray Tomlinson, has died at the age of 74.

In 1971 Mr Tomlinson came up with the idea of sending electronic messages from one person to another.

He also pioneered the use of the 'at' symbol, the key feature used in all email addresses today.

He wrote the first modern email while working as a computer engineer in Boston.

His death was confirmed by his employer, Raytheon Company, who in a statement described him as a "true technology pioneer".

A tweet from Gmail's official Twitter account paid tribute to Mr Tomlinson, saying he had put the @ sign on the map.