Once upon a time, on December 2nd, 1963, in Mumbai, a child was born to Vellappan and Meenakshi Ayyadurai. He spent a lot of time in Tamil Nadu, with his grandmother, a village farmer and healer, observing her methods of using traditional medicines. He grew up to be a brilliant student. He moved with his family to the United States when he was seven years old. There he learned computer programming at a special summer program at New York.
Shiva studied at Livingston High School, New Jersey and also volunteered at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. One day, his mentor Dr. Leslie P. Michelson, saw his brilliance and challenged him to create a software that could replace the paper-based communication system. Shiva was just 14 years old at that time.
Shiva started his project by studying the paper-based mail system used in offices around the world. He went on to build an electronic mail system and named it “EMAIL”. He applied for a copyright (owner/ inventor’s right for its use and distribute its copies) which he received in 1982. At that time, he was 18 years old. Shiva Ayyadurai received a Doctorate in biological engineering in 2007. In 2008, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to study the Siddha, India’s oldest system of traditional medicine, with modern systems biology, in India. He continued working as an educator, inventor and scientist. As an entrepreneur he started many companies which ran successfully. One of them is EchoMail. He also founded the Systems Health Online Education Program. He is involved with many charitable organisations where he raises money to provide education for orphan girls. However, his best work was the World’s first email system at the age of 14. This was appreciated by the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. He was also awarded an Honours Group award for “The Software Design of Email” in 1981.
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