Sir Tim Berners-Lee



History of the World Wide Web


The World Wide Web (WWW) was invented in March 1989 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist who, initially was making some electronics gadgets to control trains, but ended up getting more interested in electronics then trains.

Berners-Lee became a software engineer at CERN after graduating from Oxford University, where scientists came from all over the world to use its accelerators.

Sir Tim then notices that they were having difficulty sharing information between scientists and came out with a solution to solve this problem. He started to exploit an emerging technology called hypertext and he began his work using a NeXT computer, one of Steve Jobs' early products.

“In those days, there was different information on different computers, but you had to log on to different computers to get at it. Also, sometimes you had to learn a different program on each computer. Often it was just easier to go and ask people when they were having coffee…”,

Tim says.

By October 1990, Time had written 3 fundamental technologies that remain the foundation of todays' Web.

The first Web page was served on the open internet by end of 1990 under CERN project, and in 1991, people outside of CERN were invited to join this new Web community.

As Web began to grow, Tim believe this new technology could unleashed its true potential if anyone, anywhere could use it without paying a fee or having to ask permission.

In April 1993, Tim had then ensure that CERN would agreed to make the underlying code available on a royalty-free basis, forever. This had then sparked a global wave of creativity, collaboration and innovation never seen before.

Today, in 2016, we celebrate the Web's 27th birthday and we thanked Sir Tim for his vision and actions.

image by CERN


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