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Tim Berners-Lee


sir-tim-berners-leeA scientist who has worked hard to transform all the aspects of our lives, an academic visionary, Tim Berners-Lee is the inventor of WWW (World Wide Web).

He was born in the year 1955 in the city of London, England. He is the one who proposed hypertext (HTML, developed in 1990 for creating electronic documents/pages to be displayed on the Internet, i.e. WWW) as well as created the first website (central location for viewing all the pages created on the web).

Also, Tim Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium (an organization for helping in the common protocol development for an amalgamated development of the Web).


  • The World Wide Web
  • Weaving the Web
  • World-Wide Web: Information Universe

Honors and awards

  • One of only six members of the World Wide Web Hall of Fame.
  • Won the Kilby Foundation’s “Young Innovator of the Year” Award.
  • Received also the Software System Award from the Association for Computing Machinery.
  • Awarded with an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex.
  • Time Magazine named Berners-Lee one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century.
  • Awarded an honorary degree from The Open University as Doctor of the University.
  • Elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Received the Computer History Museum’s Fellow Award, for his seminal contributions to the development of the World Wide Web.
  • Named as the first recipient of Finland’s Millennium Technology Prize, for inventing the World Wide Web.
  • Appointed to the rank of Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (the second-highest class within this Order that entails a knighthood) by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Presented with an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Lancaster University.
  • Named Greatest Briton of 2004.
  • Received the Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award.
  • Received the Order of Merit, becoming one of only 24 living members entitled to hold the honour, and to use the post-nominals ‘O.M.’ after their name.
  • Awarded the 2008 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award, for “conceiving and further developing the World Wide Web”.
  • Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester.
  • Awarded an honorary doctorate by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
  • Elected member of the United States National Academy of Sciences.
  • Received the Webby Award for Lifetime Achievement.
  • Awarded an honorary doctorate by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
  • One of the first three recipients of the Mikhail Gorbachev award for “The Man Who Changed the World”.
  • Awarded with an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Harvard University.
  • Inducted into IEEE Intelligent Systems’ AI’s Hall of Fame for the “significant contributions to the field of AI and intelligent systems”.
  • Inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.


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