Robert Cailliau

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Robert Cailliau

Name: Robert Cailliau

Born: January 26, 1947, in Tongeren, Belgium

Computer-related contributions

  • Belgian informatics engineer and computer scientist who, together with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, developed the World Wide Web.
  • During his military service in the Belgian Army he maintained Fortran programs to simulate troop movements.

Significant publications

  • How the Web Was Born: The Story of the World Wide Web, James Gillies, Robert Cailliau (2000).

Honors and awards

  • ACM Software System Award (with Tim Berners-Lee).
  • Christophe Plantin Prize, Antwerp.
  • Médaille Genève Reconnaissante (with Tim Berners-Lee).
  • Commander in the Order of King Leopold (awarded by King Albert II of Belgium).
  • Honorary citizenship of the city of Tongeren.
  • Gold Medal of the Flemish Academy of Sciences and the Arts.
  • Dr. Hon. University of Liège (with Tim Berners-Lee).
  • Ehrenpreis Best of Swiss Web.
  • Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.


"When we have all data online it will be great for humanity. It is a prerequisite to solving many problems that humankind faces."

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