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Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor of the Web, inrupt

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a graduate of Oxford University, invented the Web while at CERN in 1989. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread. In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. He is the Founder and Director of the World Wide Consortium (W3C) and the World Wide Web Foundation. He is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Oxford University. His research group at CSAIL works on the Solid Project to give people control of their own data and to re-decentralize the Web.

In April 2017, Sir Tim was awarded the ACM A.M. Turing Prize for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. The Turing Prize, called the “Nobel Prize of Computing” is considered one of the most prestigious awards in Computer Science.

Sir Tim is a long time defender of Net Neutrality and the openness of the Web.