TitleTomlinson, Ray (Raymond) oral history
|Hendrie, Gardner, Interviewer; Cameraperson|
|Tomlinson, Raymond (Ray), Interviewee|
|Weber, Marc, Interviewer|
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationCambridge, Massachusetts
Copyright HolderComputer History Museum
DescriptionIn this oral history BBN computer and networking pioneer Ray Tomlinson discusses his work history, beginning with early time-sharing systems, contributions to the creation of the TENEX operating system, and early messaging systems.
Tomlinson next discusses his early work in adapting email from timesharing systems to networks, including the adoption of the “@“ sign, at BBN and elsewhere. He talks about the spread of email in the early 1970s as a regular feature among ARPANET users, as well as its subsequent spread over various networked computer systems.
Tomlinson describes subsequent phases of his career at BBN including various Department of Defense/DARPA contracts to develop logistical planning tools, packet radio experiments with SRI, and later radio-based networking technologies.