The Forgotten Inventor of E-mail… - The Fearless Indian
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The Forgotten Inventor of E-mail…

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The invention of E-mail was no less of a revolution for the tech world. Back in 1978, VA Shiva Ayyadurai – an Indian-American was actually the one to invent the “E-mail.” With the invention of electronic mail it allowed us humans to communicate with one another within seconds. On 15th July, 2016 Electronic mail turned 38.

Ayyadurai was a bright kid and ahead of his time in intelligence; unlike other kids, who at 14years of age were either playing with their remote controlled cars and Barbie dolls, or making their way up school grades. By the age of 14 he had already designed a “full-scale emulation of the interoffice mail system which he called E-mail.” This system was a huge success at reproducing functions such as Inbox, Outbox, Memos, Folders and address book; elements which have now become an integral part of the way we transmit and save messages online.

In spite of this discovery, recognition still eludes Ayyadurai. Lost in the pages of history, he is a name not many of us know. Let’s thank the ‘Father of Email’ and honour him for giving us an outstanding invention that changed the way we communicate and also paved way for chats and instant messaging.

It is both, unfair and saddening to know the fact that, in spite of this revolutionary discovery, recognition still eludes Ayyadurai. The Indian Government should make efforts to make sure Ayyadurai gets his due recognition. Ayyadurai’s name should be written in golden words, for his invention. Not many of us know about Ayyadurai, his name is lost in the pages of history. Let us honour and thank the ‘Father of Email’ for giving us an outstanding invention that changed the way we communicate.


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