Yes, email or the electronic mail system was invented 32 years ago by a 14-years old student, Shiva Ayyadurai, in the USA. Although the copyright of the term was registred in 1982, the concept was developed in 1978. The first email system had replicated all the functions of the interoffice mail system including Inbox, Outbox, Folders, Memo, Attachments and Address Book. We still have these features in the email systems we use today.
An Indian, Ayyadurai, born in Bombay had gone to the USA with his family the age of seven. At the time of invention, Shiva had completed Livingston High School in New Jersey. For his invention Ayyadurai worked on the mailing system for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He created a computer program of over 50,000 lines of code to create the electronic version of the physical mailing system.
On August 30, 1982, the US government had registered the copyright of the invention.
There however is controversy as text messages were transferred between computer previously and a lot of things existed before. Shiva has been accused of making false claims and so on. One thing is certain, he has replicated the exact physical system in such a way that we are still using it in exact same way for the last 30 years.
Electronic mailing system was used in MIT’s lab in 1965 and as early as 1962 Administrative Terminal System was used to send text messages. In 1972 Unix mail program was developed, in 1974 online message board system was used.
Although messages and files could be transferred, a systemic mail system to emulate the physical system didn’t exist until Shiva created it in 1979.
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