ARPANET Sends the First Electronic Mail Message

The second ARPANET email message using the @ (“at”) sign was sent by computer engineer, Ray Tomlinson at BBN Technologies in 1971. The announcement to other ARPANET network users included instructions on addressing mail by appending the @ sign to user’s login name. Tomlinson invented the technique from chosen punctuation keys on his Model 33 Teletype.

      Ray Tomlinson
      Computer Engineer

Additional Information:

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