Sir Tim Berners-Lee


Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, serves on the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees. Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He is currently a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, serving as the 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is also a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

In addition, Berners-Lee is director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the web. He is also founding director of the World Wide Web Foundation, launched in 2009 to fund and coordinate efforts to advance the potential of the web to benefit humanity.

In 2001, Berners-Lee became a fellow of the Royal Society. He has been the recipient of dozens of international awards, among them the Japan Prize, the Prince of Asturias Foundation Prize, the Millennium Technology Prize, and Germany’s Die Quadriga award. In 2004, he was knighted by HM Queen Elizabeth, and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. In 2009, he was elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences. He has received many honorary degrees, including from Harvard, Columbia, and Oxford Universities. He also serves as a member of the Public Sector Transparency Board and is president and co-founder of the Open Data Institute.

Born in London, Berners-Lee graduated from the Queen’s College at Oxford University, with a degree in physics. In 1984 he was a fellow at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where he wrote the proposal for the World Wide Web. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URLs, HTTP, and HTML were redefined as web technology evolved.

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