Internet pioneer, Ray Tomlinson, has died aged 74.
Tomlinson was the creator of the email and widely known for connecting the iconic @ symbol with the username and the destination email address.
He chose the symbol, which was seen as fairly strange at the time, to differentiate local and global emails on a list. It then became the worldwide designated address format.
In modern life Tomlison's creation has had a huge impact on social media too where the @ symbol is now used to share direct communication with others.
In a statement confirming his death, spokesman Mike Doble, said: "A true technology pioneer, Ray was the man who brought us email in the early days of networked computers."
Tomlinson, originally from New York, was working at research and development company Bolt Beraknek and Newman - more formally known as Raytheon BBN Technologies - when he made his email breakthrough.
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