Raymond Samuel Tomlinson was the computer programmer who made it possible to send mail between users on different hosts with the help of ARPANET system. He made this possible by using the “@” sign, so as to separate user name and the name of the machine.
The programmer was born in Amsterdam but soon moved to a small village in New York. He did his schooling from Broadalbin Central School in New York. Later, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in New York. He got his degree of engineering from RPI. He joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after RPI. He started his career from Bolt, Beranek and Newman (now known as BBN Technologies). Here, he helped in the development of TENEX. He received the George R. Stibitz Computer Pioneer Award and Webby Award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. In 2009, he was named as the Prince of Asturias Award Laureate for Technical and Scientific Research. He was also honoured with Eduard Rhein Kulturpreis Cultural Award. He suffered from a heart attack on 5th March, 2016 and died at his home from a heart attack.
(FAN OF Mr. RAYMOND SAMUEL TOMLINSON)
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