Despite the fact that 70 to 80 percent of people across the globe depend on emails, very few know that their inventor is an Indian – who says the system is here to stay. Meet VA Shiva Ayyadurai, who invented the revolutionary mechanism of transferring files from one place to another in a hassle-free manner when he was just 14-years old.
Sharing his thoughts with Mail Today, Ayyadurai said that requirements of daily life are responsible for any kind of invention and email came into being in a similar fashion.
“Prior to 1980, people used to dictate to a secretary for preparing written documents and that person would then punch keys on a typewriter. I was inspired to invent a medium for doing this work by engaging just one person,” he said. Ayyadurai was born in a Tamilian family in Mumbai and his parents settled down in New Jersey in 1970. In 1979, he was given an assignment to develop an electronic version of file transfer system and he used a computer to achieve the milestone.
He took the copyright of email in 1982. “I am very proud of myself for achieving such revolutionary electronic method and it was possible because of good and cooperative mentors. I was lucky that my parents had supported and guided me with a positive framework,” he said. Earlier, the physical transportation of letters in written form was the only medium to send information from one place to another. Ayyadurai kept this in mind while programming the electronic version of the file transfer.