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Mr Tim Berners-Lee

Early Life

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, (born June 1955), is an English computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee was born in London, one of four children born to Mary Lee Woods and Conway Berners-Lee. His parents worked on the first commercially-built computer, the Ferranti Mark 1. As a child, he learnt about electronics from tinkering with a model railway.

The World Wide Web

In 1980, Berners-Lee joined a place called CERN. While there, he proposed a project based on sharing and updating information amongst researchers and built a prototype system called ENQUIRE. He left later that year and then re-joined in 1984. By 1989, CERN was the largest Internet node in Europe and Berners-Lee saw an opportunity to join his project of ENQUIRE with the internet. This became the World Wide Web and was put online in August 1991. The WWW has become part of our culture and for his work, Berners-Lee has received many awards including a knighthood in 2004 and being honoured as the 'Inventor of the World Wide Web' in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.