Tim Berners-Lee

A graduate of Oxford University, England, Tim Berners-Lee now holds the 3Com Founders chair and is a Senior Research Scientist at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He directs the World Wide Web Consortium, an open forum of companies and organizations with the mission to lead the Web to its full potential, and teams at MIT in the USA, at INRIA in France, and at Keio University in Japan.

With a background of system design in real-time communications and text processing software development, in 1989 he invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information-sharing while working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory. He wrote the first web client (browser-editor) and server in 1990. His initial specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined and discussed in larger circles as the Web technology spread. In 1994, Tim founded the World Wide Web Consortium.

His research time at CSAIL is spent designing Semantic Web languages and writing in Python.

He is the author of " Weaving the Web", a book about the past, present and future of the Web.


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