Tim Berners-Lee and the www

Sir Tim Berners-Lee
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Tim Berners-Lee should know what he is talking about, when he says ‘Celebrity damages private life‘. The person who is considered to be the inventor of the World Wide Web was born today 57 years ago.

Everything started with the Ferranti Mark 1, the world’s first commercially available computer, which his parents were working on in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. Tim Berners-Lee followed his parents’ footsteps and started studying physics at The Queen’s College about 20 years later. After graduating with a first-class degree, he started working at CERN, where he built ENQUIRE, a hypertext program that was supposed to initiate his later success on the World Wide Web. Later on, he continued working in England and came back to CERN in 1989, where he joined hypertext with the Internet and created the World Wide Web. With Robert Cailliau, he published his ideas, which led to the first Web server and the first website, which went online in 1991.

After this breakthrough, Tim Berners-Lee has been unstoppable. He founded the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 1994 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and functioned himself as its director. Also Queen Elisabeth II knighted him in 2004 wherefore he is called Sir Tim Berners-Lee from there. In the same year, he accepted a chair at the University of Southampton, where he was to research on the Semantic Web, which was originally initiated by the W3C. It was supposed to be an advance to the original World Wide Web and according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee ‘all the pieces are in place to move full steam ahead and realize the potential of a world of structured, machine readable data.’
Through the years, Berners-Lee has been recognized multiple times for his approaches and just this year he has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame along with the father of the internet Vint Cerf and Linus Torvalds.

At Yovisto, you may enjoy the keynote talk by Tim Berners-Lee at the World Wide Web Conference at Lyon in April of this year.

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