Ray Tomlinson
1941 - 2016
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Ray Tomlinson, the computer programmer who invented modern email, has died, according to his employer, Raytheon Co. He was 74.

Tomlinson died Saturday of an apparent heart attack, according to multiple news sources.

Tomlinson made the invention in 1971 as an engineer for a firm in Boston. He implemented the email system on ARPANET, which was the precursor to the Internet.

He came up with the code that allowed a user of one computer to send a message to the user of another computer. He has said that his first few messages for testing were just gibberish.

He also came up with the @ sign as a way to separate the user from his machine; the symbol is still used for email today.

Tomlinson is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame.

Published in Boston Globe on Mar. 6, 2016.
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March 5, 2018
Godspeed Ray, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
March 5, 2018
You should know that our God knows your pain and that he is there to be a source of encouragement to you. Matthew 11:28.
Valerie Joseph
November 20, 2016
Valenda Newell
March 11, 2016
Ray Tomlinson put @ email massaging on emails.
Grady Youngblood
March 9, 2016
May God be your strength and give you peace......
March 9, 2016
Very talented man, I never would have thought the Internet would become so needy and popular nor emails a very popular way of communicating , but he saw beyond , and came up with something that benefited many .May the Tomlinson family find the necessary strength to endure the pain during your time of loss. Philippians4:6-7. Sincere condolences.
D Tyler
March 9, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Evelyn House
March 8, 2016
Because of you Ray, the world will never be the same. Thank you for email.
March 8, 2016
RIP
Mary Green
March 8, 2016
I enjoy emailing people and have since the 1980's. Thank you to Mr. Tomlinson for inventing modern email. My prayers go out to Mr. Tomlinson's family for peace and comfort.
Gloria Sihlis
March 8, 2016
So sorry to hear of your loss. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.
Rose Faller
March 8, 2016
Tomlinson Family,

Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers. May your love and memories of him along with family , friends carry you through this sad time. May the God who give peace be with all of you.-RO. 15:33
March 7, 2016
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dear loved one Mr. Ray Tomlinson. His internet email contribution to the world is much appreciated. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time in your lives. We all yearn for better conditions. It's refreshing to know that God's word speaks of a time when all sorrows will be gone and that mankind will live in beautiful surroundings with nothing to fear. Isaiah 65:17,21-24
DS
March 7, 2016
Sorry for your loss
Judi McDonald
March 7, 2016
Thank you for your contribution to the world of technology.
March 7, 2016
God bless, where would we without your wonderful contribution, Thank you. Saint Mary's ,WV
March 7, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 7, 2016
I offer my deepest condolence to the Tomlinson family. As you allow the love of family and friends to carry you through your grief continue to: Throw all of your anxieties on God himself and he will sustain you through these difficult times.
-SJ
March 7, 2016
My condolences to the family. May you be comforted during this difficult time.
March 7, 2016
I do send my heartfelt condolences to the family,may the God of all comfort, comfort you in this time of sorrow I also send my prayers
Betty Johnson
Betty Johnson
March 7, 2016
Sorry for your loss. May you draw comfort from the scripture at Ecclesiastes 9 : 5 that show your loved ones a resting in peace.
March 7, 2016
I am sorry for your loss. May the peace of God be with you.
March 7, 2016
He will always be remembered, almost every one emails. My condolence go out to the Tomlinson family and friends.
Tammy Davis
March 7, 2016
Their will never be another like you . Rest in peace thank you.
March 7, 2016
So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He accomplished in life what many only dream to achieve. May the family find comfort in knowing that God cares for us and yearns to bring back those in his memory to the arms of loving families. (Zechariah 2:8; John 14: 14, 15)

- Lisa
March 6, 2016
God bless billions have been touch with your help and the number will continues to grow thanks.
@ Hudson sr
March 6, 2016
God Bless --- thanks for your invention so I can stay in touch with my friends
March 6, 2016
Our thoughts are with Ray's friends and family. He certainly left his mark in @ every email..Psalm 46:1.
C. Maduri
Ohio
March 6, 2016
Quite a gift to all of mankind. Thanks...rest in peace.

Lancaster, PA
March 6, 2016
A true inspiration and everlasting Legacy . . .
Edward Tomlinson @ Georgetown, TX
March 6, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
c m
March 6, 2016
rip
michelle plakas-kaiser
March 6, 2016
Thanks for your stupendous gifts to the world
Roy Isbell
March 6, 2016
In God's care, rest in peace.
Dwayne Bickham,Sr.
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