Quiz: Who invented e-mail?

Originally published in MOREnetworking Vol. 1 No. 6, March 6, 2003

  1. Ray Tomlinson, an engineer working on ARPAnet in 1971.
  2. Thomas Edison, who patented the idea in 1907 for a way to send text messages over telephone lines.
  3. A team of programmers working for the Rand Corporation in the late 1960s.
  4. Steve Wozniak, who developed it as part of a program networking capabilities into the Apple I in 1976.

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Answer: 1. Ray Tomlinson worked for a private corporation that had been contracted to build ARPAnet , the precursor to the Internet. Tomlinson also was the person who selected the atmark (@) to serve as the separator between a user name and the host name in an e-mail address, and who sent the first e-mail message, which he said was probably something like, “QWERTYUIOP.”

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