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Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Timothy "Tim" John Berners-Lee (aka TimBL, aka TBL), is often referred to as the inventor of the World Wide Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which oversees its continued development.

In 1994, Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium (WWC) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It comprised various companies willing to create standards and recommendations to improve the quality of the Internet. The agreement on technical standards was an essential development to the subsequent spread of internet technologies. Another contribution Berners-Lee made towards the spread of the internet, as we know it, was to emphasize royalty-free technology, a belief that has been adopted by those advocating open source initiatives.

Berners-Lee continues to be a vocal contributor to the discussion about the shaping of the internet. Among several tenants he advocates is the importance of being able to contribute to, as well as browse the internet, and the benefit of keeping the structure of th


  • Weaving the Web: Origins and Future of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee (with Mark Fischetti) (Texere Publishing, 1999)
  • Tim Berners-Lee and the Development of the World Wide Web (Unlocking the Secrets of Science) Ann Gaines (Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2001)
  • Tim Berners-Lee: Inventor of the World Wide Web (Ferguson's Career Biographies) Melissa Stewart (Ferguson Publishing Company, 2001)
  • How the Web was Born: The Story of the World Wide Web Robert Cailliau, James Gillies, R. Cailliau (Oxford University Press, 2000)

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