Tim Berners-Lee Biography
Tim Berners Lee is the MIT professor credited with inventing the World Wide Web. In 2007, he was ranked Joint First alongside Albert Hofmann in The Telegraph's list of 100 greatest living geniuses. Tim uses his unique and world-changing story to motivate, educate and inspire audiences around the world. He is an esteemed keynote speaker.
Tim graduated from Oxford University in 1976. There he built his first computer with a soldering iron, TTL gates, an M6800 processor and an old television.
Tim spent two years with Plessey Telecommunications Ltd, a major UK Telecom equipment manufacturer, working on distributed transaction systems, message relays, and bar code technology. Tim then joined D.G Nash Ltd, where he wrote typesetting software for intelligent printers, and a multitasking operating system.
He spent some time as a consultant software engineer at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Switzerland. There he wrote his first program for storing information including using random associations. Named "Enquire", and never published, this program formed the conceptual basis for the future development of the World Wide Web.
For three years Tim worked at John Poole's Image Computer Systems, with technical design responsibility.
Work here included real time control firmware, graphics and communications software, and a generic macro language. He then worked on distributed real-time systems for scientific data acquisition and system control at CERN. He worked on FASTBUS system software and designed a heterogeneous remote procedure call system.
In 1989, Tim proposed a global hypertext project, to be known as the World Wide Web. Based on his Enquire work, it was designed to allow people to work together by combining their knowledge in a web of hypertext documents. He wrote the first World Wide Web server, "httpd", and the first client, "WorldWideWeb" a what-you-see-is-what-you-get hypertext browser/editor which ran in the NeXTStep environment. This work was started in 1990, and the program "WorldWideWeb" was made available on the Internet at large a year later.
Tim continued working on the design of the Web, coordinating feedback from users across the Internet. His initial specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as the Web technology spread.
In 1994, Tim founded the World Wide Web Consortium at the Laboratory for Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then he has served as its Director, coordinating Web development worldwide, with teams at MIT, at ERCIM, and at Keio University, Japan. The Consortium takes as its goal to lead the Web to its full potential, ensuring its stability through rapid evolution and revolutionary transformations of its usage.
In 1999, he became the first holder of the 3Com Founders chair at LCS which merged with the Artificial Intelligence Lab to become the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is a Senior Research Scientist and heads the Decentralized Information Group. In December 2004 he became a Chair in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton and he is co-Director of the Web Science Research Initiatiative.
Tim is the author of ‘Weaving the Web’, on the past, present and future of the Web.
Tim is the MIT professor credited with inventing the World Wide Web. In 2007, he was ranked Joint First alongside Albert Hofmann in The Telegraph's list of 100 greatest living geniuses. His public speaking engagements cover the following topics:
- Social Media
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20th March 2013
Inventor of the World Wide Web and keynote speaker, Time Berners-Lee, is going to be awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
16th January 2013
Roger Martin is due to speak at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, along with Joseph Stiglitz and Tim Berners-Lee.
4th July 2012
Michelle Mone OBE, Charles Dunstone and Tim Smit have been named most inspirational entrepreneurs.
26th February 2013
Kevin Kelly, the after dinner speaker and world’s leading specialist on the information technology revolution, believes that we should prepare ourselves for robots to take over our jobs.
28th June 2012
California is once again the sunny location for TED, the most innovative and exciting conference on the planet, where speakers with ‘ideas worth spreading’ gather to share their thoughts on technology, design, science, media, politics, the arts, and other insights on how to shape a better word.
14th July 2011
Speakers Corner’s varied and rich catalogue of unique and inspirational personalities is well represented at this year’s TED Global Summer conference in Edinburgh. Speakers in the Scottish capital include Nic Marks - Founder of the award winning centre for well-being; author and thinker Charles Leadbeater; percussionist Evelyn Glennie and TV scientist Brian Cox.
2nd June 2011
Entrepreneur Tony Fernandes; media mogul Arianna Huffington; facebook genius Chris Cox and happiness expert Tony Hsieh, are some of the top names on a list of the 100 Most Creative People In Business, compiled by industry magazine Fast Company.
3rd May 2011
Speakers Corner’s top talent is elevated to the technology elite as Wired Magazine publishes its second annual survey of the UK’s digital power brokers. Featured as leaders in the field are Ian Livingstone , Ajaz Ahmed, Brent Hoberman, Bruno Giussani, Jamie Murray Wells and Stephen Fry.
28th February 2013
After dinner speaker and current CEO of Mothercare, Simon Calver, has decided to write a book about his time working as the head of Lovefilm, the movie rental service.
18th January 2013
The Los Angeles Times have released their ten technology companies to watch in 2013.
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