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US programmer Raymond Samuel Tomlinson arrives to the Reconquista Hotel in Oviedo on October 22, 2009, prior to the presentation of the Prince of Asturias awards. Tomlinson and compatriot Martin Cooper have been awarded the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research for their contribution to the great technological advances in human communications in the development of the mobile phone and email. AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
US programmer Raymond Samuel Tomlinson arrives to the Reconquista Hotel in Oviedo on October 22, 2009, prior to the presentation of the Prince of Asturias awards. Tomlinson and compatriot Martin Cooper have been awarded the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research for their contribution to the great technological advances in human communications in the development of the mobile phone and email. AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ray Tomlinson, who invented direct email messages in 1971, has passed away at the age of 74

The inventor of email dies

Ray Tomlinson, who invented direct email messages in 1971, has passed away at the age of 74