10 American Inventors That Changed the World

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9. Email

  • Ray Tomlinson (1941–2016)

Ray Tomlinson, a pioneering American computer programmer from New York invented the first email program on the ARPANET system. The first successful email was sent in 1971.

It was and it is a significant discovery since there are over 3.9 billion email users worldwide. In communication, email is an excellent way to stay in contact with a loved one or your colleagues. It’s also a great way to learn more about new things each day.

Tomlinson is also credited for using the at sign (@) in addresses.

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10. Internet

  • Internet Protocol Suite of the National Science Foundation (U.S. government)

When compared to all the inventions listed here, the Internet is probably the most influential invention in the history of not only our country, but the world. Now, if you have internet access, you can do almost anything from a computer, and 90% of adults in the 21st century America are doing just that.

Paying bills, searching pieces of information on a certain matter, making financial transactions, talking with friends (or strangers) through social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

The Internet was invented by Internet Protocol Suite of the National Science Foundation (U.S. government) in 1983 and by 1990, they managed to establish the World Wide Web.

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