First Electronic Mail Message Sent

The first electronic mail message was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself as a test of the ARPANET’s messaging capabilities with minimal content, in 1971. Tomlinson was a computer engineer working for BBN Technologies for ARPANET, the U.S. Army-built precursor to the Internet.

      Ray Tomlinson
      Computer Engineer

Additional Information:

  • History of email – Wikipedia
    Ray Tomlinson is generally credited as having sent the first email across a network, initiating the use of the “@” sign to separate the names of the user and the user’s machine in 1971, when he sent a message from one Digital Equipment Corporation DEC-10 computer to another DEC-10.
  • Email – Wikipedia
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  • A brief history of email: dedicated to Ray Tomlinson – Phrasee
    Mar 10, 2016 – On October 29th 1969, the first message was sent from computer to computer on ARPANET. It was 1971 when Ray Tomlinson invented and developed electronic mail, as we know it today, by creating ARPANET’s networked email system.
  • 1971: First Ever Email | Guinness World Records
    Aug 19, 2015 – Ray Tomlinson sends the first ever email in 1971, bringing electronic messaging … Tomlinson wanted to send messages to people, not mailboxes, so he decided to … term “email” (which is an abbreviation of “electronic mail”).

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