Computer Science Profile Tim Berners Lee


While you may not have heard of Tim Berners-Lee, chances are that his work touches your life every day. In fact, without Berners-Lee you wouldn’t be reading this right now. That’s because Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web; in November of 1989, he implemented the first successful communication between an HTTP client and server via the Internet.




Berners-Lee had the idea while working at CERN, the European organization for nuclear research:


"I just had to take the hypertext idea and connect it to the Transmission Control Protocol and domain name system ideas and—ta-da!—the World Wide Web ... Creating the web was really an act of desperation, because the situation without it was very difficult when I was working at CERN later. Most of the technology involved in the web, like the hypertext, like the Internet, multifont text objects, had all been designed already. I just had to put them together. It was a step of generalising, going to a higher level of abstraction, thinking about all the documentation systems out there as being possibly part of a larger imaginary documentation system." [1]


In 1994, Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT, a group that wanted to create standards and recommendations to improve the quality of the Web. Berners-Lee felt it was important that his ideas be made available freely, without royalties, and that also became an important principle of the W3C’s standards.


In 2004, Berners-Lee was knighted "for services to the global development of the Internet". In November 2009, Berners-Lee launched the World Wide Web Foundation, a group devoted to improving the world wide web and making it more available. He is also president of the Open Data Institute, a member of the Board of Advisors for, and an advocate of Net Neutrality, stating that “Threats to the Internet, such as companies or governments that interfere with or snoop on Internet traffic, compromise basic human network rights.”[2]


Check out his speech talking about his invention at the Internet Hall of Fame.







[1] [2] Berners, Tim (4 May 2011). "Tim Berners-Lee, Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality, Scientific American Magazine, December 2010". Scientific American. Retrieved 21 December 2011.

Posted on December 10, 2015 in Announcements by LeeAnn Baronett : 2 Comments

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hoodini says:

Indeed the road not traveled!

• Posted on December 11, 2015 |
hoodini says:

Agreed, but not followed in relation to privacy. No; it is not possible where there is intent there is a will and a way.

• Posted on December 11, 2015 |