‘Email’ invented by Indian-American V A Shiva Ayyadurai turns 32
On August 30, 2014, email turned 32 years. The method of message transfer was invented by Indian American V.A.Shiva Ayyadurai when he was just 14 years. V A Shiva Ayyadurai was born to a Tamil Family in Bombay in 1963.
In 1978, Shiva Ayyadurai invented a computer programme, which he called “email,” that simulated all the functions of the interoffice mail system: Inbox, Outbox, Folders, Memo, Attachments, Address Book, etc. These features are now well-known parts of every email arrangement.
On August 30, 1982, the US government formally recognized Shiva Ayyadurai as the inventor of email by awarding him the first US Copyright for Email for his 1978 invention. At that time copyright was the only way to safeguard software inventions.
The Email wasn’t invented, with a huge research budget, in big institutions like the ARPANET, MIT, etc. Rather these organizations had believed it “impossible” to build such a system, considering it far too complex.
At the age of 14, Shiva Ayyadurai worked at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) as a research fellow, where Dr Leslie Michelson, then Director of the Laboratory Computer Network (LCN) at UMDNJ gave him a challenge: to transform the old system of paper-based mail communications used at UMDNJ to an electronic one.
Shiva Ayyadurai created a computer programme of over 50,000 lines of code, which electronically simulated all the qualities of the interoffice mail system.
The History of Email
1961 Tom Van Vleck – Message transaction multi-user. one computer
1969 Leonard Kleinrock – Message transaction, two computers
1971 Ray Tomlinson- Message transaction, multi-user, multi-computer
1973 Vlnton Cerf, Rort Kahn – TCP/IP
1977 Dave Crock J. Vittal, K. Pogran, D.A. Henderson – RFC 733
1978 The Challenge
(V.A.) Shiva Ayyadurai is asked by Les Michelson to create the full-scale electronic version of the interofﬁce paper mail system in use at UMDNJ. Shiva creates first prototype. He calls it “email”
1979 Email System at UMDNJ
Email provides UMDNJ users Inbox? Outbox, Folders, the Memo (To, From, Sublact, Data Cc, Bcc), Attachments, etc., and processes such as Compose, Foard, Sort, and others with easy-to-use interface.
1980 Using Email
Email use grows at UMDNJ. More users, secretaries and doctors, across departments offices and groups are added on to the email system.
1981 Westinghouse Award
Warting house Award, also own as the “Baby Nobal’s” recognizes Email system for its original innovation.
1982 Copyright for Email
(V.A.) Shiva Ayyadurai receives US Copyright for “Email”. August 30, 1982: Registration TXU-11 1 -775
1985 Offline Email Readers
Development of offline readers allow email users to store email on their own personal computers. Read and compose replies without actually being connected to the network.
Steve Dorner develops Eudora. First commercial product to be widely used for reading and sending email on Local Area Networks (LAN).
1989 Compuserve & MCI Mail
Compuserve and MCI Mall become first formally sanctioned email carriers connected to the internet.
1991 Lotus Notes
Ray Ozzie and Mitch Kapor release major version of Lotus Notes (2.0)
1992 Microsoft Outook
Microsoft releases its answer to Lotus Notes. MS Outlook
1993 America Online (AOL)
AOL offers an easily accessible internet based email system
1995 EchoMail Launched
EchoMail, the ﬁrst integrated Email Management system to help businesses handle increasing volumes of inbound EMAIL AT&T first customer.
Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith launch HoTMail, soon becomes most used internet based email system
Yahoo Mail offered as an alternative to HoTMaiL. It too provides web-based access through a browser.
Blackberry makes accessing email via mobile phones more accessible. Mobile email is the new buzzword.
President George W. Bush signs into law penalties for unsolicited email.
2005 Email Address Verification
SPF released to validate email addresses to control SPAM. SPF release spawns other validation systems.
2007 Email at Google
Google launches Gmail on April Fool’s Day, after a prolonged four year Beta.
2009 iPhone 3G
iPhone and other mobile devices make email even more accessible.
2011 E-mail to Email
Associated Press Stylebook declares the use of email without hyphen “-”, as the standard
unaware of U.S. Copyright for “email”.
2012 Smithsonian Honors Email
Papers, computer code, and artifacts documenting the invention of email by VA Shiva Ayyadurai are accepted into the permanent archives of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
2013 Innovation Corps Launched
VA Shiva Ayyadurai and Dr. Leslie P. Michelson launch Innovation Corps to foster innovation for youth across the globe, in inner cities and villages, so more innovatiors such as email are possible.