Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, never set out to change the world when he developed what would become one of the most important inventions of our time.
Tim Berners-LeeThe inventor of the World Wide Web, has won numerous awards for his contributions to society as a whole and the Internet in particular. Here’s what you need to know about him before you bring him on as an expert or speaker for your next event.
Born in London, England, on June 8, 1955, Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee is a British computer scientist, often credited as the creator of the World Wide Web. His parents originally wanted him to pursue a career in music, but they encouraged him when he showed interest in electronics and mathematics. He attended the University of Oxford where he studied physics and worked with computers. During his time at Oxford, he developed what later became known as the World Wide Web.
Berners-Lee married programmer analyst Nancy Carlson in 1990 and they had two children before divorcing in 2011. He later married Leith Rosemary, who was the director of the World Wide Web Foundation, in the year 2014.
When he first started developing the program, it was a way for scientists to share information more efficiently. Working at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland, Berners-Lee proposed an Internet that would be open to all and free from commercial restrictions or personal gain. From 1989 to 1990, Berners-Lee spent much of his time seeking funding for the idea. After 1991 it looked like it would never happen because the money was not coming in fast enough; However, by 1993 work began on the creation of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), which became the standard language used to create websites and share information over the Internet.
Education and Career
He attended the University of Oxford and obtained a first class degree in physics from Queens College. He was initially uninterested in computers, instead studying physics and spending time working for CERN in Geneva, where he helped create the World Wide Web.
When he returned to England, he worked again at CERN before starting his own company called WorldWideWeb. He is also the founder of W3C which works to standardize the technologies used online. In addition to being famous for inventing the World Wide Web, he is also known as a proponent of open standards.
invention of the world wide web
in 1989, while working CERN In Geneva, Switzerland, a high-energy physicist by the name of Tim Berners-Lee proposed an idea that he believed would revolutionize the way people communicate and share information. He wanted to create a way for people on different computer systems around the world to talk to each other and share their work. There was no such thing as email or instant messaging at the time, but he recognized that computers were becoming more powerful and affordable, meaning they would soon be available in more homes and offices.
Berners-Lee decided that they needed an easy way for people using these different machines to find and read each other’s documents (or pages).
Later career and achievements
In 1980, Berners-Lee helped create a computer system called the Enquire. It was one of the first systems that allowed people to find information through a network, and by 1986 they had published a proposal for what would later become known as the World Wide Web.
Ten years later, in 1990, he founded CERN, where he led two major projects. One was an experiment called WWW (worldwideweb) and another project called Gopher which allowed users to browse files on different servers. His work at CERN saw him knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004. Five years later, in 2009, he received the prestigious Turing Award from the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).