Computing History

Alan Turing/Tim Burners Lee

Tim Berners Lee

Tim Berners Lee was the inventor behind the World Wide Web an invention that revolutionized the world even now. Every computer in the world uses his invention and it all started with him. He is a computing legend and without him we would not be where we are today.

After going to Emmanuel he went to Queens College Oxford, where he got a first class a first class degree in physics. He then went to a company called Plessey in Poole and after that in 1978 moved to D.G Nash and worked on printers. Then he worked as an independent contractor for CERN in Switzerland in 1980, which is still making ground-breaking inventions today. After working elsewhere he returned to CERN in 1984.

After 5 years of long research in hypertext he made the World Wide Web and is still a hero today. In 2004 he was knighted by the queen after also receiving an OBE. He also featured in the 2012 Olympics opining ceremony.

Alan Turing

Alan Turing was probably the most important man ever in computer history because he gave it the name computer, this amazing person was the creator of the internet.

Alan Turing born on 23 June 1912 started at Sherbourne School and after that moving to King’s college, Cambridge. Here he got a first-class degree in Maths. After posting some amazing papers the war came where he was called up to break German codes. In 1945 he received a OBE for his code-cracking skills although there was more awards to come. In 1946 he posted the first detailed design of a description and just 4 years later it was running its first program.

Unfortunately on the 7th June 1954. He committed suicide after being accused of being gay. In those times it was against the law to be gay and before his trial where he knew he would be convicted guilty, he took an overdose of cyanide.

It’s the least fitting end to one of the greatest men in living history. It shows you how a man's emotions and a man's punishment can drive the brightest man down the wrong end of the stick. On the 23rd of June this year he turned 100 years old and the world celebrated this pioneer of the computer's history unlike the people in 1954.