The inventor of email has died. Ray Tomlinson passed away at 74 after suffering an apparent heart attack on Saturday. Tomlinson sent the very first email back in 1971, while working at Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (BBN), a company that was instrumental in the development of a very early version of the internet, called ARPANET. He was "looking for problems [ARPANET] could solve," he had told The Verge in a 2012 interview. He also chose to use the @ symbol to designate a user from its host, a decision that lifted the symbol from obscurity to an internationally used icon.

"The first e-mail is completely forgettable ... and, therefore, forgotten," Ray told NPR in 2009. RIP.