Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee invented hypertext which is a naming system that names everything on the internet so you can find things. Without Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of hypertext, it would have been impossible to find anything on the internet, so the only people that used it were those who already knew the location of what they wanted.

The internet is like a room full of books and when you look for one in perticular it could be anywhere in the room, so what the World Wide Web does is use hypertext to sort everything on the internet into catagories so when you look for anything it is easier to find.

Tim Berners-Lee made the World Wide Web open source so anyone could use it, develop it and make it better. They didn’t have to pay to use it and that is why he is not rich.

Before he invented WWW he was a student at Oxford University. When he invented WWW he was at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva.He is now a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK.

He is also the Director of:

  • World Wide Web Consortium - which is trying to improve WWW

  • Web Science Trust - to encourage people to use technology to study humanity

  • World Wide Web Foundation - to use technology to make the world a better place

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