Programmer who invented email and made the @ sign popular dies aged 74
The programmer who invented the email and made the @ sign popular has died. Ray Tomlinson, 74 , passed away on Saturday March 5 after suffering a heart attack, according to reports.
He came up with the idea that electronic messages could be sent between computers. In 1971, he sent the first ever email.
At the time he was working in Boston as an engineer for research company Bolt, Beranek and Newman.
The official Gmail Twitter account was one of the first to pay tribute to Tomlinson.