MIT scholar Shiva Ayyadurai in fray for Twitter CEO’s job, writes to Musk  

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Indian-origin MIT scholar Shiva Ayyadurai has expressed his interest for the job of Twitter CEO. 

Ayyadurai applied for the job through a tweet addressed to Musk, where he has written that he holds four degrees from MIT and has created seven high-tech software companies, and is the ‘inventor’ of email. 

Mumbai-born Ayyadurai grew up in a Tamil Nadu village before shifting to the US. 

His MIT degrees are — an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science; a Master’s degree in visual studies from MIT Media Laboratory on scientific visualization; Master’s degree in mechanical engineering. 

His claim to have invented email is disputed as a computer engineer named Ray Tomlinson is widely believed and acknowledged to be the inventor. 

Justifying his method of applying for the Twitter job, Ayyadurai wrote: “Thanks for your support on my recent tweet @elonmusk re: the CEO position @Twitter. I believe anyone wanting THIS role must be fully transparent and publicly post their qualifications. My experience began when I invented email at age 14, long before I earned 4 degrees from MIT.”