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Inventor of the World Wide Web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working as a software engineer at CERN, the large particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. There, he specified the three fundamental technologies that remain the foundation of today’s Web: HTML, URL and HTTP. He also wrote the first Web page editor/browser and the first Web server. Not content to leave his creation to fate, Tim announced in 2007 the formation of the World Wide Web Foundation, confirming his commitment to ensuring an open, free Web, accessible and meaningful to all. 

In 2017, as Web users and regulators became more concerned with the increasing power of online tech platforms and their impact on society, he wrote in The Guardian in 2017 that, “It has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone.” In 2018, he founded inrupt to help promote Solid, a technology built to realize his original vision for the Web.

A graduate of Oxford University, Tim teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering and in a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at CSAIL. He is a professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and author of Weaving the Web and many other publications.

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