The man who invented the World-Wide Web
while working at the Center for European Particle Research (CERN). Now Director of the World-Wide Web Consortium
Tim Berners-Lee graduated from the Queen's College at Oxford University, England, 1976. Whilst there he built his first computer with a soldering iron, TTL
gates, an M6800
processor and an old television.
He then went on to work for Plessey Telecommunications
, and D.G. Nash Ltd (where he wrote software for intelligent printers and a multi-tasking operating system
), before joining CERN, where he designed a program called 'Enquire', which was never published, but formed the conceptual basis for today's World-Wide Web
In 1984, he took up a fellowship at CERN, and in 1989, he wrote the first World-Wide Web server
", and the first client, "WorldWideWeb" a hypertext
browser/editor which ran under NEXTSTEP
. The program "WorldWideWeb" was first made available within CERN in December, and on the Internet
as a whole in the summer of 1991.
In 1994, Tim joined the Laboratory for Computer Science
(LCS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT). In 1999, he became the first holder of the 3Com
Founders chair. He is also the author of "Weaving the Web", on the past present and future of the Web.
In 2001, Tim was made a fellow of The Royal Society.
Tim is married to Nancy Carlson. They have two children, born 1991 and 1994.