Fran Drescher: Just Who IS This Shiva Ayyaduria?

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Fran Drescher, adorable owner of the world's most annoying voice, is falling in wuv! Her beau is none other than Shiva Ayyadurai, the widely credited inventor of the original email. Huh! Didn't see that match coming, but she seems to be really into him.


So just who is this guy that has Fran Drescher all Twitter-pated? Shiva Ayyadurai was born December 2, 1963 in Bombay, India. At the age of seven, he left with his family to live in the United States, and at 14, he attended a special summer program at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University (NYU) to study computer programming, and later went on to graduate from Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey.

Shiva Ayyadurai is currently teaching Systems Visualization at MIT, but his claim to nerd fame is as the inventor of email. Apparently, when he was in High School in 1978, he developed a full scale inter-office mail system and called it...dun dat duh dah!...EMAIL.

But it didn't end there! In 2012, he launched Systems Health, an educational system for medical doctors which integrates concepts from systems of holistic medicine such as Siddha, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese medicine with systems science and systems biology, according to Wikipedia.

Shiva Ayyadurai is also the founder of the email service company EchoMail, Inc, among many other things. EchoMail's core technology originated from Ayyadurai's invention for classifying inbound email for the U.S. White House, which was seeking a reliable encryption and classification system for President Clinton's email.

This EchoMail system was implemented for large companies to make the reading and response of customer service emails faster as well as to support targeted email advertising for companies such as Allstate, Nike, Unilever, and JCPenney.

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Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.