[mailhist-discuss] Email history news - more honors for Ayyadurai?

John Vittal jjvittal at earthlink.net
Tue Jun 5 12:04:24 PDT 2012

See <https://boston.tie.org/article/9/2012-tie-stars>.

On 6/5/12 2:48 PM, Thomas Haigh wrote:
> PR Newswire has a new release: V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, the Inventor of Email,
> Honored as 2012 TiE Star, text below and at
> http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/04/4538460/va-shiva-ayyadurai-the-inventor.htm
> l#storylink=cpy. The copy is taken largely from his website.
> TiE seems to be a network for Indian entrepreneurs. The Boston chapter,
> which allegedly made the award, looks legitimate and has some reputable
> sponsors (https://boston.tie.org/page/sponsors) although the press release
> comes from Ayyadurai's own International Center for Integrative Systems.
> This does not (at least as yet) show as a press release on the official
> Boston chapter site: https://boston.tie.org/news-and-views/press-releases.
> Neither does the TiE site include a news item on the award.
> You'll notice I am refraining from ad hominem attacks. It will be
> interesting to see what, if any, media organizations pick the story up.
> Tom
> press release
> June 5, 2012, 1:00 a.m. EDT
> V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, the Inventor of Email, Honored as 2012 TiE Star
> Ayyadurai 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.
> CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- V.A. Shiva
> Ayyadurai, 48, an inventor and systems scientist, founder of EchoMail,
> Chairman&  CEO of CytoSolve, and Lecturer at MIT was honored as a TiE Star
> for his invention of email and ongoing contributions to email technology, as
> well his recent work to revolutionize drug development. His achievements
> provide an inspiring message: innovation can occur any time, any place by
> anybody.
> In the summer of 1978, Shiva, then a 14-year-old boy, was recruited for
> programming assignments at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
> Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark, New Jersey. He developed a computer program, which
> replicated the features of the interoffice, inter-organizational paper mail
> system. He named his program "EMAIL". Shiva filed an application for
> copyright in his program and in 1982 the United States Copyright Office
> issued a Certificate of Registration, No. TXu-111-775, to him on the
> program. As required by the Regulations of the Copyright Office, he
> deposited portions of the original source code with the program. Prominent
> in the code is the name "EMAIL" that he gave to the program. He received a
> second Certificate of Registration, No. TXu-108-715, for the "EMAIL User's
> Manual" he had prepared to accompany the program and that taught
> unsophisticated user's how to use EMAIL's features.
> On February 16, 2012, artifacts documenting Shiva's invention were accepted
> into the Smithsonian. Subsequently, a substantial controversy arose,
> unleashed by industry insiders' false claims about email --- claims that are
> the basis of Raytheon/BBN's entire multi-billion dollar brand and mascot,
> who is marketed as the "inventor of email." Part of the problem is that
> different people use to the term to mean somewhat different things.
> When Shiva was recruited at UMDNJ, his supervisor, Dr. Leslie P. Michelson
> challenged him to translate the conventional paper-based interoffice and
> inter-organizational communication system to an electronic communication
> system. Systems for communications among widely dispersed computers were in
> existence at the time, but they were primitive and their usage was largely
> confined to computer scientists and specialists. Shiva envisioned something
> simpler, something that everyone, from secretary to CEO, could use to
> quickly and reliably send and receive digital messages.
> He embraced the project and began by performing a thorough evaluation of
> UMDNJ's paper-based mail system, the same as that used in offices and
> organizations around the world. He determined that the essential features of
> these systems included functions corresponding to "Inbox", "Outbox",
> "Drafts", "Memo"
> ("to:")("from:")("date:")("subject:")("body:")("cc:")("bcc:"),
> "Attachments", "Folders", "Compose", "Forward", "Reply", "Address Book",
> "Groups", "Return Receipt", "Sorting". These capabilities were all to be
> provided in a software program having a sufficiently simple interface that
> needed no expertise in computer systems to use efficiently to "Send" and
> "Receive" mail electronically. It is these features that make his program
> "email" and that distinguish "email" from prior electronic communications.
> 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."
> About The TiE Star Program
> TiE Star celebrates the spirit of TiE and recognizes extraordinary people
> who turned their passion into innovative ventures. TiE (The Indus
> Entrepreneurs), the world's largest not-for-profit organization promoting
> entrepreneurship, is spread over 57 locations across 14 countries. TiE's
> mission to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, and
> education is delivered globally by its 11,000 members worldwide. The mission
> of TiE Boston is to foster entrepreneurship through Networking, Mentoring
> and Education. TiE plays a critical role in bringing together investors,
> entrepreneurs, service providers and public organizations to create an
> eco-system that fosters the genesis of great companies.
> About The International Center for Integrative Systems
> The International Center for Integrative Systems (ICIS), located in
> Cambridge, Mass., provides an ecosystem for entrepreneurs, artists and
> systems thinkers. The Center offers an incubator for entrepreneurs as well
> as studio spaces for visual and performing arts educators. ICIS' research
> areas include traditional medicines and systems biology, biomimetics of
> media and communication as well as being the home of the EMAIL Lab.
> Media ContactsSonu Matthew
> Abraham617-755-8664sonu.abraham at integrativesystems.org
> SOURCE The International Center for Integrative Systems
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