Shiva Ayyadurai, an Indian-American invented Email in 1978, when he was just 14. He created a computer programme, which he called “Email”, that replicated all the functions of the inter-office mail system : inbox, outbox, folders, memo, attachments, address book, etc. These features are a familiar part of any email system.
On August 30, 1982, the US Government officially recognized Ayyadurai, as the inventor of email, by awarding him the 1st US Copyright for Email, for his 1978 invention. At 14, he attended a special summer programme at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University (NYU), and later went on to graduate from Livingston High School, in New Jersey.
While attending high school, he also worked at the University of Medicine & Dentistry, as a Research Fellow. Dr. Leslie Michelson, then Director of the LCN at UMDNJ, gave him a challenge to convert the old system of paper-based mail communications, used at UMDNJ, to an electronic one.
He conceived an electronic version of the system and created a computer program, of over 50,000 lines of code, which electronically replicated all the features of the inter-office mail system.