The Inventor of Email is V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai – The Facts

In 1978, a 14-year-old named V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai developed a computer program, which replicated the features of the interoffice, inter-organizational paper mail system. He named his program “EMAIL”. Shiva filed an application for copyright in his program and in 1982 the United States Copyright Office issued a Certificate of Registration, No. TXu-111-775, to him on the program.

VA Shiva Ayyadurai, the Inventor of Email: First U.S. Copyright for Email, 1982

As required by the Regulations of the Copyright Office, he deposited portions of the original source code with the program. Prominent in the code is the name “EMAIL” that he gave to the program. He received a second Certificate of Registration, No. TXu-108-715, for the “EMAIL User’s Manual” he had prepared to accompany the program and that taught unsophisticated user’s how to use EMAIL’s features.

Recently however, a substantial controversy has arisen as to who invented email. This controversy has resulted in an unfortunate series of attacks on Shiva. Part of the problem is that different people use to the term to mean somewhat different things.

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As I have already posted, proof that Ray Tomlinson is the inventor of email is right on Wikipedia, along with references to support that claim. Wikipedia’s email page also reserved a mention to this new troll guy:

1979 – EMAIL, an application written by Shiva Ayyadurai. He has been associated with controversial, self-made claims that he had “invented” email due to its presence of certain functionality. These claims have been disputed by various parties.

Tomlinson’s work pre-dates the troll’s software by 8 years.

“Before email, there was the interoffice (inter-organizational) mail system: inbox, outbox, folders, address book, attachments, etc. But, it was all done using paper. ‘Experts’ thought it impossible to create a computer-based version of that system and did not attempt to take on this challenge. But, perhaps because of my ignorance, as a 14-year old kid, I never thought it impossible when my supervisor Dr. Leslie P. Michelson at a small medical college in Newark, NJ challenged me to do so. I wrote 50,000 lines of FORTRAN code across a system of about 35 software programs to create the first such electronic system. It was a success. I called it ‘email,’ a term never used before in the English language. I received the first U.S. Copyright for that invention, at a time when copyright was the only way to protect software inventions. The struggle and victory ($750,000 payment from Gawker Media) to share these facts, celebrate that boy, his hard work and the infinite possibilities of that America, which provided me an ecosystem to create and innovate.”
V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D. | Inventor & Scientist | email:

Is this the “spirit of invention” or the “spirit of extracting money”, that made America and this inventor great?

So this looks like a massiv scam and fearmongering…. when will the time come that someone blames to have the patent on “THE INTERNET” or “A SCROLLBAR” as Microsoft tried.

Raymond Ray Tomlinson

Raymond SamuelRayTomlinson (April 23, 1941 – March 5, 2016) was a pioneering[1][2][3][4] American computer programmer who implemented the first email program on the ARPANET system, the precursor to the Internet, in 1971.[5] It was the first system able to send mail between users on different hosts connected to ARPANET. Previously, mail could be sent only to others who used the same computer. To achieve this, he used the @ sign to separate the user name from the name of their machine, a scheme which has been used in email addresses ever since.[6] The Internet Hall of Fame in its account of his work commented “Tomlinson’s email program brought about a complete revolution, fundamentally changing the way people communicate”.[5][7] Tomlinson is internationally known and credited as the inventor of the email.[8][9][10][11][12][13]


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