V.A Shiva Ayyadurai: A 14-Year Old Boy Who Invented “E-Mail”

The origin of the "Electronic Mail or E-Mail" date backs to 1978 when a 14 year old researcher named V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, working at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), located in Newark, New Jersey.

V.A Shiva Ayyadurai: A 14-Year Old Boy Who Invented “E-Mail”

In an attempt to replicate the interoffice and inter-organizational paper-based mail system which has Inbox, Outbox, etc, Shiva created the electronic version of the same and named it as "E-Mail". This is clearly a revolutionary development in the history of human communications. Further, he copyrighted the patent of E-Mail in 1982.

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In spite of his revolutionary discovery, he is not known by many of us. In a way of honouring his work, let's have a look at the top 10 facts about V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai.

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Bombay Tamilian!

Shiva Ayyadurai was born to a Tamil Hindu family in Bombay, India. At the age of 7, he left his family to live in the United States.

Attended summer programme on Computer!

When he was 14, Shiva attended a special summer programme at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University to study computer programming.

Dual master's and doctoral degree's

He pursued his bachelor's, dual masters and doctoral degrees at MIT, in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science, media arts and sciences, applied mechanics and systems biology.

He has lot's in his kitty!

Apart from this, Shiva also did research on pattern recognition and large-scale systems development resulting in multiple patents and awards.

He was ntrigued by his grandma's medication method

From the age of 5, Shiva, was intrigued by medications as his grandmother -- a farmer and healer, follows Siddha to heal the local villagers. These experiences drove him to pursue modern Western science and technology and Eastern medicine with the aim of becoming a scientist and healer.

The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC News and more!

V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai has appeared in The MIT Technology Review, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC News, USA Today and other media as well.

He published 3 books so far!

He also wrote three books, based on Internet and E-Mail - Arts and the Internet, The Internet Publicity Guide and The EMAIL Revolution.

Father of Email

V.A. Shiva is also a member of Sigma-Xi, Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.

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