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Biography: Tim Berners-Lee

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, and as one of Time magazine’s 'Top 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century'. 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 used an old TV to build his first computer with a soldering iron, TTL gates, and an M6800 processor.

Converting his theoretical prowess to practical industry use, Tim worked for a British Telecom equipment manufacturer called Plessey for a couple of years, and then as a software typesetter for intelligent printers at  D.G Nash Ltd.

At European Particle Physics Laboratory in Switzerland, CERN, Tim worked as a consultant software engineer, where he designed ‘Enquire’, his first program for storing information. Although never published, Tim’s brainchild was to form the conceptual basis for what ultimately was to become the World Wide Web.

It was Tim’s next job, at John Poole's Image Computer Systems, with technical design responsibility, where he began to hone his idea with the use of generic macro language and real time control firmware, graphics and communications software.

In 1989 Tim suggested an international hypertext project which he formulated with ‘Enquire’ as a guide, and called The World Wide Web. By bringing together a varied wealth of knowledge from different contributors, in a gathering of hypertext documents, the first server, httpd, worked in sync with the ‘Web’ to create a browser where the information is unedited and true to its origin.

WWW was live on the internet by 1990. And the rest is history.

The World Wide Web Consortium at the Laboratory for Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded by Tim in 1994, with the aim of ensuring the stability of the Web through speedy evolution and metamorphosis.

Author of ‘Weaving the Web’, Tim became the first holder of the 3Com Founders chair at LCS in conjunction with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and in 2004 he was appointed Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton. He is also co-Director of the Web Science Research Initiative.

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