Nathaniel Borenstein

Updated: 12/30/2019 by Computer Hope
Nathaniel Borenstein

Name: Nathaniel S. Borenstein

Born: September 23, 1957

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer scientist and one of the original designers of the MIME protocol for formatting multimedia Internet electronic mail.
  • Sent the first e-mail attachment.
  • Child prodigy, reading adult books at the age of 2, and doing college work in the third grade.

Significant publications

  • Programming As If People Mattered: Friendly Programs, Software Engineering, and Other Noble Delusions (1994).

Honors and awards

  • Received the New York University Olive Branch Award for writing about peace (1990).


"The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents."