A 14-Year-Old Indian Invented E-mail 32 Years Ago, But No One Remembers Him Today!

India's contribution to the internet surfaced!

A 14-Year-Old Indian Invented E-mail 32 Years Ago, But No One Remembers Him Today!
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However unbelievable it may seem e-mail was invented by a 14-year-old Indian boy, 32 years back.

V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai is an Indian-American scientist who developed a full-scale emulation of the interoffice mail system, 32 years back which he called 'e-mail'. It replicated all the functions of the interoffice mail system: Inbox, Outbox, Folders, Memo, Attachments, Address book, etc. These features are now familiar parts of all contemporary e-mail system.

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He was a Tamilian.

He was a Tamilian.

Ayyadurai was born to a Tamil family in Bombay, India. At the age of seven, he left with his family to live in the USA. While studying at Livingston High School in New Jersey, Ayyadurai began his work on the e-mail system for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. 

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He was a very keen observer.

He was a very keen observer.
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He minutely observed that each secretary in addition to the typewriter had an Inbox, Outbox, Drafts, Carbon copy paper, Folders, Address book, Paper clips (for attachments), etc., which they used each day to create and process incoming and outgoing mail.

On the basis of the primitive manual mail system, he developed a virtual system.

On the basis of the primitive manual mail system, he developed a virtual system.
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He conceived an electronic version of the manual mail system. He created a computer program of over 50,000 lines of code, which electronically replicated all the features of the interoffice mail system.

He was officially recognised as the inventor of electronic mail by the US government.

He was officially recognised as the inventor of electronic mail by the US government.
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On August 30, 1982, the US government officially recognised Ayyadurai as the inventor of e-mail by awarding him the first US Copyright for his 1978 invention. Still, his name is nowhere in the modern history of computer science.

This is the Certificate of Copyright Registration.

This is the Certificate of Copyright Registration.

He will remain father of e-mail system.

He will remain father of e-mail system.
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On the 32nd anniversary of e-mail, Shiva's story was surfaced.

On July 15th, as the e-mail completed 32 years of its existence, a post by Beyond Concepts Advertising & Designing surfaced on the internet.

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Don't you think that such great people should always be remembered?