Scam? Email inventor is not exactly the “father” of creation

A report by The Washington Post, who spoke about a tribute to VA Shiva Ayyadurai, the renowned Indian as the inventor of e-mail, raised a controversy. Older internet users claim that Ayyadurai did not invent electronic mail in 1978.
The main source of the alleged scam was raised by the website TechDirt citing the open email list of Dave Farber, a professor of computer science and world famous for his contributions to the development of programming languages ​​and computer networks. Skeptics believe that all Ayyadurai did was write a program called “EMAIL”, officially registered in 1982, and not create the system we use daily via Hotmail, Gmail and so many other services.
The electronic address, in fact, precedes the program invented by Ayyadurai. Therefore, the Washington Post updated the report with a note, stating that the Indian responsible for the copyright of a program named “EMAIL”, which, in theory, places him as “the creator of the ‘computer program for a system mail ”.

Even so, the information published by the newspaper was contested by internet experts who believe that if Ayyadurai owns the copyright, nothing prevents him from also registering the entire product patent, which could confirm him as the official inventor of the service. .


But then, who was the precursor to email? According to the former politician Thomas Haig, the first electronic mail system emerged in the late 1960s and was even older than the Internet itself. It functioned as a kind of chat for instant messaging and was used in the laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in the United States.

J according to a file on the website OpenMap, the first message between two computers was sent in 1971 by the embryo of the worldwide PC network, ARPANET. Taking into account that Ayydurai was born in 1963, it would be practically impossible that he created the e-mail eight years later. In this way, Ray Tomlinson, an ARPANET programmer, would become the real inventor of email.

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