Tim Berners-Lee

By Annalee Noakes

Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners Lee Olympics NeXT Cube

Past

he was born on 8th June 1955. He is a British computer scientist best known as the inventor of the world wide web. He studied at Queens Collage, Oxford from 1973-1976 here he received a first class degree in Physics. in 1978 he joined D.G Nash where he helped create type-setting software for printers.

now days:

In 2009 Gordon Brown (the current prime minister at the time) he announced that Tim would work with the government to help make data more open and accessible on the Web, building work on the Power of Information Task Force. Tim and Professor Nigel Shadbolt are the 2 key figures behind data.gov.uk a UK government project to open up almost all data acquired for official purposes for free re-use.

How he did it:

Berners-Lee wrote the first proposal for the World Wide Web [PDF] at CERN in 1989, further refining the proposal with Belgian systems engineer Robert Cailliau the following year. On 12 November 1990 the pair published a formal proposal outlining principal concepts and defining important terms behind the web. The document described a "hypertext project" called "WorldWideWeb" in which a "web" of "hypertext documents" could be viewed by “browsers”.By the end of 1990, prototype software for a basic web system was already being demonstrated. An interface was provided to encourage its adoption, and applied to the CERN computer centre's documentation, its help service and Usenet newsgroups; concepts already familiar to people at CERN. The first examples of this interface were developed on NeXT computers.Info.cern.ch was the address of the world's first website and web server, running on a NeXT computer at CERN. The first web page address was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

which centred on information regarding the WWW project. Visitors could learn more about hypertext, technical details for creating their own webpage, and even an explanation on how to search the web for information. There are no screenshots of this original page and, in any case, changes were made daily to the information available on the page as the WWW project develop . You can see the original NeXT computer at the Microcosm exhibit at CERN, still bearing the label, hand-written in red ink: "This machine is a server. DO NOT POWER IT DOWN!!"