Tim Berners-Lee, the Inventor of Everything I know
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, born 8 June 1955, invented the World Wide Web in 1989. In 1990 he wrote the first web client and server. Following that, he founded W3C in 1994. W3C stands for World Wide Web Consortium, which is an international community where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Tim is also the director of the World Wide Web Foundation, which was launched in 2009. Its purpose is to coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity.
Tim Berners-Lee has been the recipient of several international awards. They include the Japan Prize, the Millennium Technology Prize, and Germany’s Die Quadriga award. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. He was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for “ground-breaking innovation in engineering that been of global benefit to humanity.”
Berners-Lee’s vision was a global information space where information stored in computers everywhere was available and linked to everyone, anywhere. His vision was turned into a reality. Today over 300,000,000 people in the world use the World Wide Web daily, without a second thought.
Tim Berners-Lee did a lecture for TED in 2009, titled “The Next Web.” This sixteen minute video is inspirational and informative.