A Brief History
On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee, a professor with ties to the University of Oxford and MIT, announced his invention, plans for what he called the “World Wide Web.” The head of a committee that seeks to ever increase the utility and efficacy of the internet, Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium.
Holding numerous positions in computer, internet, and charitable organizations, Berners-Lee has also been the recipient of many awards and recognition for his contribution to modern society, including being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004.
While Berners-Lee might not be a household name, you can thank him every time you engage in Web Browsing. Time Magazine named him on their list of 100 Most Important People of the 20th century.
Oddly enough, Berners-Lee has only a BA in Physics from Queen’s College, Oxford, though of course his computer science knowledge eclipses that of most PhDs.
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For more information, please see…
Berners-Lee, Tim. Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web. Harper Business, 2000.
McPherson, Stephanie. Tim Berners-Lee: Inventor of the World Wide Web. Twenty-First Century Books, 2009.
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