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Ray Tomlinson, Who Laid Groundwork For Modern Email, Dies At 7405:12

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You have most likely praised and cursed the invention credited to Ray Tomlinson: email.

In the late 1960s, Tomlinson helped create the groundwork for modern email, and in 1971 he was the first to use the @ symbol as part of an email address.

Tomlinson, who lived in Lincoln, died Saturday at the age of 74.

Hiawatha Bray, technology writer for The Boston Globe, joined WBUR's Morning Edition to discuss Tomlinson's legacy.

This segment aired on March 7, 2016.

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