Tim Berners-Lee – British computer scientist and an English engineer was born in London, England, United Kingdom, 8th of June 1955. He is best known as the creator of the World Wide Web, as he has enabled a system to be capable to view web pages (hypertext ) over the internet. But what do we really know about this successful and very important figure and his life?
Education and his early life
Tim Berners-Lee attended Sheen Mount Primary School, and then went on to attend southwest London’s Emanuel School from 1969 to 1973. After doing his A Levels at Emanuel School, he went to Queen’s College, Oxford University, where he earned a first-class bachelor of arts degree in physics.degree in physics.
After graduation, he got employment for a printing firm in Plessey, Poole.
Successful Career of Tim Berners-Lee
A short review of his career:
- He worked as an engineer at the telecommunications corporation Plessey in Poole, Dorset.
- In 1978, he joined D. G. Nash in Ferndown, Dorset, and supported in creating type-setting software for printers.
- At CERN in 1980, Tim Berners-Lee worked as an independent contractor.
- In Geneva, he suggested a project based on the concept of hypertext, to promote sharing and updating information among researchers. To explain it, he built a prototype system named ENQUIRE.
- He left CERN in 1980 and went to John Poole’s Image Computer Systems, Ltd, in Bournemouth where he ran the company’s technical side for about three years. The project he operated on was a “real-time remote procedure call” which provided him the experience in computer networking.
-In 1989, CERN was the biggest internet node in Europe, and Berners-Lee recognized an opening to join hypertext with the internet
Creating a World Wide Web
His greatest invention, the World Wide Web, is one of the most important inventions of the 20th century. The web reformed the world of information and technology and unlocked several further avenues.
He only had to take the hypertext concept and connect it to the Transmission Control Protocol and domain name system ideas and voila! —the World Wide Web. Well, not so simple…
Some interesting fact:
- In one of the interviews, Berners-Lee told that the pair of slashes (“//”) in a web address was “unnecessary”. He added that he simply could have designed web addresses without the slashes, but then seemed like a good idea.
- In 2004 Tim Berners-Lee received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II and he was one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Important People of the 20th Century’.
- Berners-Lee never directly profited off his invention but gave most of his life attempting to guard it.
The next stage of the Web
Well, one thing is certain – the World Wide Web seems nothing like Tim Berners-Lee had envisioned. After nearly 30 years after its beginning, the famous computer scientist has a great plan that could fix it. He stated that he is taking a sabbatical from MIT to focus on Solid. It’s an open-source platform that strives to decentralize the web by letting users take command over their data.