Inventor of Email Indian-American Reassert His Say

Email has turned 32 after the efforts of the inventor of email – the Indian-American. The invention of electronic mail, which we know as Email today materialized on this day 32 years ago.

Inventor of Email

The credit for inventing the Email goes to V A Shiva Ayyadurai. It was on August 30, 1982 that the Email got an official recognition. It was offered by the administration of the United States on this day 32 years ago for the electronic mail system.

V A Shiva Ayyadurai was a student of the Livingston High School, New Jersey. The inventor of Email was working on having the Email system for University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.

The early work started in the year 1978 when he was just the age of 14. An entire emulation of interoffice mail system was developed and designed by the inventor of Email. He called it ‘Email’, which was copyrighted four years later, in 1982.

Inventor of Email
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Controversy Regarding Invention of Email

The place of V A Shiva Ayyadurai as the inventor of Email is a controversial one. Actually the claims made by Shiva were challenged. Some people insisted that the work regarding the invention of Email was carried out earlier. It was something like ‘email-like technology’.

There were claims that the work of email invention was carried out by ARPANET, which is the network that is regarded as its ancestor. Those who made claims against V A Shiva Ayyadurai said he has the copyright on the word ‘Email’. The claim included that a parallel system was already in existence nearly a decade ago.

However, Huffington Post came up with a key report from December 1997 by David Crocker that says that there was no such work done. There are people who also claim that systems like email messaging were actually used in the early 1970s. However, V A Shiva Ayyadurai has naturally defended his invention.

Shiva came forward to defend his work again speaking with Huffington Post. He referred to himself saying that a 14-year old boy first came up with and was the first to fashion the electronic office system and even got an authorized recognition by the US administration.


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