Inventor of the World Wide Web
Who? What? Where? When?
June to December 1980 - Berners-Lee worked as an independent contractor at CERN . While there, he proposed a project based on the concept of hypertext.
1981- 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.
1989 - CERN was the largest Internet node in Europe, and Berners-Lee saw an opportunity to join hypertext with the Internet
When he was 11 he went to a school which was between two railway tracks, so he saw lots of trains and started train-spotting.
He also had a model railway in his bedroom. It was a long thin layout with a 4-track station in the middle, and on each side pairs of tracks going off into tunnels to actually loop back to each other.
He received a knighthood in 2004 from Queen Elizabeth II.
He was honoured during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
He has admitted that the pair of slashes (//) in web addresses ended up being unnecessary. He said he could have designed URLs without them, but didn’t realise at the time.
He was one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Important People of the 20th Century’.
He is sometimes referred to as TimBL.