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Sir Tim Berners-Lee, OM KBE FRS FREng FRSA FBCSLuminary

Creator of the World Wide Web


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Sir Tim Berners-Lee, OM KBE FRS FREng FRSA FBCS

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is an Engineer and computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web (1989), which in his role as director of the World Wide Web Consortium he continues to be involved in its development.

The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.

A keen trainspotter as a child, he learnt about electronics from tinkering with a model railway, the start of a lifetime of electronic engineering interest.

He was knighted by the Queen in 2004 and named in Time magazine's list of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century.

In November 2009, Berners-Lee launched the World Wide Web Foundation in order to advance the Web to empower humanity by launching transformative programs that build local capacity to leverage the Web as a medium for positive change.

When something is such a creative medium as the web, the limits to it are our imagination.

He was recognised and took part in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony and in the same year Berners-Lee was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.

In 2016 he was awarded the Turing Award (called the Nobel Prize of Computing it is considered one of the most prestigious awards in Computer Science) for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale.

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