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Inventor of the World Wide Web
Tim Berners-Lee is the inventor of the World Wide Web. Now with the Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he directs the W3 Consortium, an open forum of companies and organisations whose objectives are to realise the full potential of the Web.
Tim Berners-Lee graduated from Queen’s College at Oxford University, England, with 1st class Honours in Physics in 1976. In 1984, he took up a fellowship at CERN, to work on distributed real-time systems for scientific data acquisition and system control. In 1989, he proposed a global hypertext project, to be known as the World Wide Web. This work was started in October 1990, and the programme “World Wide Web” first became available within CERN in December, and on the Internet at large in the summer of 1991.
Through 1991 and 1993, Tim continued working on the design of the Web, co-ordinating feedback from users across the Internet. His initial specifications of URL’s, HTTP and HTML were refined and discussed in larger circles as the Web technology spread.
In 1994, Tim joined the Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as Director of the W3 Consortium which co-ordinates W3 development world-wide, with teams at MIT and at INRIA in France. The consortium goal is to realise the full potential of the web, ensuring its stability through the rapid evolution and revolutionary transformations of its usage.
His numerous awards include the Kilby Foundation’s “Young Innovator of the Year” Award , the ACM Software Systems Award, the MCI Computerworld Smithonian Award, the Albert Medal, the Duddell Medal, the Japan Prize, the Eduard Rhein Technology Award, and most recently in June 2004 the Millennium Technology Prize. He has an honorary degree from the Parsons School of Design, New York, Oxford University, Columbia University and many more. In 2003 he was knighted.
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