Tim Berners-Lee

World Wide Web Wizard




Berners-Lee was born on June 8, 1955, in London, England. His parents ere mathematicians and worked on the first commercial computer at the University of Manchester. As a child, Berners-Lee was fascinated by computers. He also enjoyed mathematics and electronics. He attended the University of Oxford and graduated in 1976 with a degree in physics.

In 1989 he wrote a proposal for a system that would allow researchers to share and retrieve techniques, practices, and results with each other at any time using the Internet. He created the software for the World Wide Web in 1990–91.

Berners-Lee began his career as a computer software designer. He moved on to other positions in the computer industry. He worked at CERN, a physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. While at CERN, Berners-Lee worked on a system that would allow different computers to communicate with each other.

In 1994 Berners-Lee formed the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is a professor. He also co-wrote Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by Its Inventor (1999).