Tim Berners-Lee

His life and career

    Tim is an English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.

    Children: Alice Berners-Lee, Ben Berners-Lee

    Parents: Mary Lee Woods, Conway Berners-Lee

    Born: June 8, 1955 (age 60), London

What he done

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He went to Oxford university.

Berners-Lee was born in London, England, one of four children born to Mary Lee Woods and Conway Berners-Lee. His parents worked on the first commercially built computer, the Ferranti


Berners-Lee worked as an independent contractor at CERN from June to December 1980. While there, he proposed a project based on the concept of hypertext, to facilitate sharing and updating information among researchers.To demonstrate, he built a prototype system named ENQUIRE.

After leaving CERN in late 1980, he went to work at John Poole's Image Computer Systems, Ltd, in Bournemouth, Dorset.He ran the company's technical side for three years. The project he worked on was a "real-time remote procedure call" which gave him experience in computer networking. In 1984, he returned to CERN.

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