Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor of the World Wide Web; CTO, Inrupt; Emeritus Professor, MIT

In 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, an Internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as web technology spread.

Tim is the co-founder and CTO of Inrupt, which uses pioneering Solid technology to put individuals in control of their data and give organisations new opportunities to create value for customers in an open marketplace of innovation. Sir Tim is the Founder of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the standard setting organisation for the web, and the co-founder of the Web Foundation whose mission is that the World Wide Web serves humanity. Tim is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at Oxford University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He co-founded and is President of the Open Data Institute in the UK.

In 2001, Berners-Lee became a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth, and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. He has been the recipient of several honorary degrees and awards, including the Seoul Peace Prize in 2022.

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