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Who invented the world wide web? 5 facts about Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee is a computer scientist who is credited with creating the World Wide Web and is presently director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).


In 1976, Berners-Lee graduated from The Queen's College at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. While there, he built his first computer with a soldering iron, TTL gates, a Motorola 6800 processor and an old television.[1]


Berners-Lee went on to work for Plessey, and then D.G. Nash, where he wrote a multitasking operating system and software for intelligent printers.

In 1984, Berners-Lee took up a fellowship at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), where he designed a program called 'Enquire', which was never published, but formed the conceptual basis for today's web. In 1989, he wrote the first web server, "httpd", and the first client, "WorldWideWeb" a hypertext browser/editor which ran under NeXTSTEP. The program "WorldWideWeb" was first made available within CERN in December 1989, and was published to the Internet in the summer of 1991.

In 1994, Berners-Lee joined the Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[1] In the same year, he co-founded the World Wide Web Consortium, which has since been working to define uniform standards for the web.[2].

Personal life[]

Berners-Lee is married to Nancy Carlson. They have two children, born in 1991 and 1994.[1]



"This Is For Everyone"

Berners-Lee at the 2012 Summer Olympics.


  • Weaving the Web by Tim Berners-Lee with Mark Fischetti, HarperCollins. 1999-09-22.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Tim Berners-Lee at the Free On-Line Dictionary Of Computing. 2001-06-17.
  2. Web accessibility: reach more people online, IONOS Digital Guide. 2022-05-24.
  3. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, ACM A. M. Turing Award. 2016

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