Category:Shiva Ayyadurai

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Shiva Ayyadurai
Born Vellayappa Ayyadurai Shiva
(1963-12-02) December 2, 1963 (age 60)
Bombay, India (now Mumbai)

V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai (born Vellayappa Ayyadurai Shiva, December 2, 1963) is an Indian-born American scientist and entrepreneur. Ayyadurai is notable for his controversial claim to be the "inventor of email", based on the electronic mail software called "EMAIL" he wrote as a New Jersey high school student in the late 1970s.[1][2] Initial reports that repeated Ayyadurai's assertion—from organizations such as The Washington Post and the Smithsonian Institution—were followed by public retractions.[1][3] These corrections were triggered by objections from historians and ARPANET pioneers who pointed out that email was already actively used in the early 1970s.[4]

A self-inflated distortion-artist who claims to have invented e-mail over a decade after it was invented, and then sues people who point out that he's wrong.[5][6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Statement from the National Museum of American History: Collection of Materials from V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai". National Museum of American History. February 23, 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2013. ""Exchanging messages through computer systems, what most people call 'email', predates the work of Ayyadurai.""
  2. Jackson, Joab. "Noam Chomsky disputes email history". Computerworld/IDGNS.
  3. Kolawole, Emi (February 17, 2012). "Smithsonian acquires documents from inventor of 'EMAIL' program". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 June 2012. ""incorrectly referred to V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai as the inventor of electronic messaging""
  4. Mullin, Joe; Farivar, Cyrus. "History by lawsuit: After Gawker's demise, the 'inventor of e-mail' targets Techdirt" (in en-us). Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  5. Mike Masnick (May 11, 2016). "Guy Who Didn't Invent Email Sues Gawker For Pointing Out He Didn't Invent Email". TechDirt. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  6. Mullin, Joe; Cyrus Farivar (January 27, 2017). "Lawyer for "inventor of e-mail" sends threat letter over social media posts". Ars Technica. Retrieved May 23, 2018.

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