Sir Tim John Berners-Lee

Information about the man who changed the world

How its all started

Sir Tim John Berners-Lee is an English computer scientist, and the inventor of the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee was born in southwest London, England, on 8 June 1955 and went on to study at Queen's College. Oxford, from 1973 to 1976, where he received a in physics. Berners-Lee went on to work at a telecommunications company. "I just had to take the hypertext idea and connect it to the Transmission Control Protocol and domain name system ideas and—ta-da!—the World Wide Web. The first web page address was 2004, Berners-Lee was knighted by the Queen for his pioneering work.

He was honoured as the 'Inventor of the World Wide Web' in a section of the 2012 summer Olympic opening ceremony in which he appeared in person, working at a next computer at the London Olympic Stadium. He tweeted "This is for everyone" which was instantly spelled out in lights attached to the chairs of the 80,000 people in the audience.