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Berners-Lee, Timothy John, Sir

Born: 1955 AD
Died: 0000 AD

English computer scientist

1955 – Born on the 8th of June in London, England.

Studied at Emanuel School in Wandsworth where he learned about computer science.

He built a computer with a soldering iron, TTL gates, an M6800 processor and an old television.

1976 – He graduated with a degree in physics.

         – Employed at Plessey Controls Limited in Poole as a programmer.

1978 – Worked at D.G. Nash Limited where he wrote typesetting software and an operating system.

1980 – Berners-Lee proposed a project based on the concept of hypertext.

1989 – CERN was the largest Internet node in Europe, and Berners-Lee saw an opportunity to join hypertext

with the Internet.

         – Wrote his initial proposal in March.

1990 – Invented initial software for World-Wide Web and posted to Internet 1991.

1991 – The first Web site built was at CERN and was first put online on 6th of August.

1994 – Founded the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

1997 – He was made an Officer in the Order of the British Empire.

2001 – Became a Fellow of the Royal Society.

2002 – Received the Japan Prize.

2004 – Accepted a chair in Computer Science at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of


         – He was named as the first recipient of Finland’s Millennium Technology Prize for inventing the World Wide Web.

2005 – Named Greatest Briton of 2004 for his achievements.

2007 – Awarded with 2007 Charles Stark Draper Prize.

Father of the World-Wide Web (WWW).