Sunday, December 30, 2012

Shiva Ayyadurai a Tamilian invented EMail

V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai (born December 2, 1963 in Tamil Nadu, India) is an American scientist and entrepreneur. He is currently a faculty lecturer in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and teaches Systems Visualization for the Comparative Media Studies department at MIT

In 1978, a 14-year-old named V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai developed a computer program, which replicated the features of the interoffice, inter-organizational paper mail system. He named his program “EMAIL”. Shiva filed an application for copyright in his program and in 1982 the United States Copyright Office issued a Certificate of Registration, No. TXu-111-775, to him on the program. As required by the Regulations of the Copyright Office, he deposited portions of the original source code with the program. Prominent in the code is the name “EMAIL” that he gave to the program. He received a second Certificate of Registration, No. TXu-108-715, for the “EMAIL User’s Manual” he had prepared to accompany the program and that taught unsophisticated user’s how to use EMAIL’s features.

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