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Inventor of Email

VA Shiva Ayyadurai, the Inventor of Email is an Indian(Mumbai) born American scientist and entrepreneur.At the age of 14,he invented  “EMAIL”(1978), the world’s first email system, which was the full-scale emulation of the interoffice paper-based mail system, for which he was awarded the first US Copyright in 1982.

Today, VA Shiva, teaches a pioneering new course at MIT called Systems Visualization in MIT’s Department of Comparative Media Studies. He is the Chairman & CEO of CytoSolve, Inc., and Executive Director of the International Center for Integrative Systems located in Cambridge.

Honored as 2012 TiE Star

"VA Shiva, receives innovation honor for "his seminal work in the invention of email" and for the creation of CytoSolve, a revolutionary platform for in-silico drug development".

 Shiva went on to be recognized by the Westinghouse Science Talent Search Honors Group for his invention. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology highlighted his invention as one among four, in the incoming Freshman class of 1,040 students. It was Shiva's invention, the first in the genealogy of all modern email systems. Today, nearly 2 billion people worldwide use email, rendering it an indispensable form of communication.


"I am humbled to be selected as a TiE Star recipient and to be included among such an esteemed group of true innovators and intrepid entrepreneurs," said Shiva. "The invention of email evolved from a challenge to solve a real world problem. That work taught me the power of systems thinking, which has stayed with me all my life, through to my current work at MIT in developing a new course called Systems Visualization, and to create CytoSolve, a system which aims to solve another real world problem: reducing the time and costs to produce life-saving drugs."

"V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai is named a TiE Star recognizing his seminal work in the invention of email, way before its potential could be recognized as a worldwide communication medium.  By developing the first email system, Shiva was intuitively seeing it as a paradigm of communication medium, developing the electronic equivalent of paper-based postal mail system.  Subsequently as an entrepreneur, Shiva continued to leverage this electronic mail medium in mass communication and marketing, fairly early on," said Shekhar Shastri , Charter Member and TiE Star Program Organizer. 

 "TiE recognizes that there is no bar to innovation, be it age, location or ethnic background.  TiE fosters entrepreneurship even amongst high school students under its TyE (Tie Young Entrepreneur's Program); Shiva's breakthrough work as a high school student serves as an inspiration to our TyE participants."

VA Shiva  has started and successfully grown several start-up companies.He started Echo Mail,Inc. which grew to nearly $200 million in market valuation. He has appeared in The MIT Technology Review, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC News, USA Today and other major media. Shiva was named Top 40 in the Improper Bostonian. He has also authored three books on the Internet and EMAIL: Arts and the Internet, The Internet Publicity Guide and The EMAIL Revolution, which will be coming out in 2013.He serves as a consultant to CEO's and Executive Management at Fortune 1000 companies, as well as government organizations such as the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

VA Shiva is a member of Sigma-Xi, Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. He supports the Shanthi Foundation, which raises money to provide scholarships for education of orphaned girls. He is also a supporter of various arts and non-profit organizations including the Guggenheim Museum, Very Special Arts, National Public Radio and the National Geographic Society. V. A. Shiva enjoys yoga, travel, tennis, animals, art and architecture, and lives Belmont, MA, USA.



  1. informative post ..had no clue about an Indian inventing email


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