The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
The man who invented the web while
working at the Center for European Particle Research (CERN).
Now Director of the web Consortium.
Tim Berners-Lee graduated from the Queen's College at Oxford
University, England, 1976. Whilst there he built his first
computer with a soldering iron, TTL gates, an M6800
processor and an old television.
He then went on to work for Plessey Telecommunications, and
D.G. Nash Ltd (where he wrote software for intelligent
printers and a multi-taskingoperating system), before
joining CERN, where he designed a program called 'Enquire',
which was never published, but formed the conceptual basis for
In 1984, he took up a fellowship at CERN, and in 1989, he
wrote the first web server, "httpd", and the
first client, "WorldWideWeb" a hypertext browser/editor
which ran under NEXTSTEP. The program "WorldWideWeb" was
first made available within CERN in December, and on the
Internet as a whole in the summer of 1991.
In 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 also the author of "Weaving the Web", on the
past present and future of the Web.
In 2001, Tim was made a fellow of The Royal Society.
Tim is married to Nancy Carlson. They have two children, born
1991 and 1994.