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Founder of email dies aged 74

Ray Tomlinson, renowned American programmer, died on Saturday

Founder of email dies aged 74
Google's Gmail tweeted its reaction to the death of Ray Tomlinson

Ray Tomlinson, an American programmer, who was widelt credited with inventing email and for selecting the @ symbol for email addresses, has died aged 74.

Raytheon spokesman Mike Doble said Tomlinson died on Saturday morning but was not sure if he died at home and the cause of death has not been confirmed.

"A true technology pioneer, Ray was the man who brought us email in the early days of networked computers," added Doble. "His work changed the way the world communicates and yet, for all his accomplishments, he remained humble, kind and generous with his time and talents."

Tomlinson was well renowned for his invention in 1971 of a program for ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor, which enabled people to send person-to-person messages to other computer users on other servers.

Tributes from the online world have poured in. Internet pioneer Vonton Cerf called his death "very sad news" and Google's Gmail team tweeted: "Thank you, Ray Tomlinson, for inventing email and putting the @ sign on the map. #RIP."

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