- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (September 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1621532631
- ISBN-13: 978-1621532637
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
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About the Author
Dr. V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai is an MIT systems scientist, technologist, entrepreneur, and educator. In 1978, at age fourteen, he invented the world’s first email system, for which he was awarded the first US copyright for “email.” He holds four degrees from MIT and is a Fulbright scholar, a Lemelson-MIT Awards finalist, and a Westinghouse Science Talent Honors Award recipient. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.
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Below is a link to the Washington Post's Patrick B. Pexton chronicling the mistake he and his associate Emi Kolawole made to create the myth that e-mail in a generic sense was created by the author of this book. Instead Mr Ayyadurai created a small localized system for email called EMAIL many years after prior art was established, and copyrighted THAT. It is as if I created an automobile brand name CAR and claimed to have invented cars.'
Mr Pexton's article lists many technology experts who have provided the correct view of events, convincing Mr Pexton to retract his original story and defence. For that, I applaud Mr Pexton's intellectual courage.
Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 03/01/2012
"So how did this happen really, in a nutshell?
V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai is a clever man, with MIT credentials, and a good sense of public relations plus a P.R. firm working with him. A press release by that P.R. firm got a young reporter/editor interested in his donation of his “EMAIL” documents to a well-respected D.C. institution, The Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. Kolawole’s interviews with Ayyadurai convinced her that he was interesting and worthy of a profile and online video interviews.
The ombudsman, me, after receiving complaints, talked to Kolawole twice about how she did the story, did some cursory research online and typed out a blog post that I now regret.
Going forward, here’s what The Post is doing. I’m doing this lengthy mea culpa to set the record straight. Kolawole has invited two experts, Thomas Haigh, a history of technology expert at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Dave Crocker, one of the fathers of the Internet, to write their own pieces for The Post’s Innovations blog on the history of e-mail. And Ayyadurai is going to write his own piece on his early “EMAIL” program. Kolawole will also be revising her original piece to reflect the record accurately.
We hope that sets the record straight and gets The Post back to where it needs to be, on the side of truth and accuracy."