On August 30th, 29 years ago, V. A. Shiva copyrighted “EMAIL” after he invented an interface that resembles the one we still use today with the fields “To: From: Cc: Bcc: Subject: Reply, Reply All, Forward” as well as an EMAIL body and attachment.
For this anniversary, V. A. Shiva designed the infographic below depicting the History of Email and Growth of Email Accounts.
As V. A Shiva states on his website “Starting in 1978, I began creating the first EMAIL system while 14-years old, at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). In fact the term “Electronic Mail”, “EMAIL” itself was a new term. The two words, “Electronic” and “EMAIL” juxtaposed together for me originally brought images of vaporizing paper and somehow transporting it across electrical wires, like the transporter in Star Trek. ”
30 years later he now teaches a class at MIT called “Systems Visualization”.
Read more about V.A Shiva’s story of email here: http://www.vashiva.com/inventing_email.asp
Note:electronic messaging predates V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai’s work in 1978. However, Ayyadurai holds the copyright to the computer program called “email,” establishing him as the creator of the “computer program for <an> electronic mail system” with that name, according to the U.S. Copyright Office.
A brief but accurate history of email is available here: http://www.nethistory.info/History%20of%20the%20Internet/email.html