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Inventor of modern email, Ray Tomlinson, dies

File photo of US programmer Raymond Samuel Tomlinson in 2009. The inventor of email as we know it died today says his employer Raytheon Co.

Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of modern email, has died.
Raytheon Co., his employer, on Sunday confirmed his death; the details were not immediately available.
Email existed in a limited capacity before Tomlinson in that electronic messages could be shared amid multiple people within a limited framework. But until his invention in 1971 of the first network person-to-person email there was no way to send something to a specific person at a specific address.
Tomlinson chose the "@" ("at") symbol to connect the username with the destination address and it has now become a cultural icon.
While he was a holder of numerous awards and other accolades, co-workers say he was humble and modest. And, surprisingly, not a frequent checker of email.

Dhoni Boat, Maldives

Dhoni Boat, Maldives