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Whose email is it anyway?

The inventor of email Ray Tomlinso died on Saturday 5 March at the age of 74.

Tomlinson has also been credited for popularising the @ symbol. His invention of the seminal electronic mail system in 1971 that has changed the world's communication system, saw him inducted into the inaugural class of the Internet Society’s (ISOC) Internet Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, Mumbai-born US inventor Dr Shiva Ayyadurai claims email is his brainchild. He says he invented the system in 1978 at the age of 14 when he was a research fellow at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

While the title for Email Inventor remains in dispute, the real question is... what would our lives be like without email?!


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