Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tim Berners-Lee Biography

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (WWW). His invention has changed the way that people communicate around the world and that helps people stay in touch with relatives or friends in other places.

Tim Berners-Lee was born in London, England on 8th, June 1955. He was educated at Queens College at Oxford university in England and graduated from there in 1976. While he was there he invented his first computer made with a soldering iron.

1955: Tim was born
1976: Tim graduated at Queen's College at Oxford University. Whilst there he created his own computer made with a soldering iron.
1978: He spent two years with Plessey to join D.G Nash Ltd (Ferndown, Dorset, UK)
Early 1980’s: Tim spent a year and a halve as in independent consultant.
1980: As consultant software engineer at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. Whilst there, he wrote for his own private use 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.
1981-1984: Tim worked at John Poole's Image Computer Systems Ltd, with technical design responsibility. Work here included real time control firmware, graphics and communications software, and a generic macro language. In 1984, he took up a fellowship at CERN, to work on distributed real-time systems for scientific data acquisition and system control. Among other things, he worked on FASTBUS system software and designed a heterogeneous remote procedure call system.
1989:He proposed a global hypertext project, to be known as the World Wide Web. Based on the earlier "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, "World,Wide,Web" a what-you-see-is-what-you-get hypertext browser/editor which ran in the Next Step environment. This work was started in October 1990, and the program "World Wide Web" first made available within CERN in December, and on the Internet at large in the summer of 1991.
1991-1993:Tim continued working on the design of the Web, coordinating feedback from users across the Internet. His initial specifications of URLs, HTTP and HTML were refined and discussed in larger circles as the Web technology spread.
1994:Tim joined the Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS)at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1999, he became the first holder of the 3Com Founders chair. He is Director of the World Wide Web Consortium which coordinates Web development worldwide, with teams at MIT, at INRIA in France, and at Keio University in 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.

Tim Berners-Lee has made communicating easier. He has made it faster and better because it is instant. The World Wide Web helps us find and share information. Tim’s invention has changed the way people think all over the world.

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