Tim Berners-Lee

Updated: 12/05/2021 by Computer Hope
Tim Berners-Lee

Name: Tim Berners-Lee

Born: June 8, 1955, in London, England

Computer-related contributions

  • Invented the WWW (World Wide Web) while at CERN (Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nuclaire).
  • Proposed HTML (hypertext markup language).
  • Created the first website and web page.
  • Founded the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).

Significant publications

  • The World Wide Web (1994).
  • Weaving the Web (1999).
  • World-Wide Web: Information Universe (1992).

Honors and awards

  • In 2017, Berners-Lee received the Turing Award, the most prestigious honor in computer science, with a $1 million prize contributed by Google.
  • One of only six members of the World Wide Web Hall of Fame.
  • Won the Kilby Foundation's "Young Innovator of the Year" Award.
  • Received also the Software System Award from the Association for Computing Machinery.
  • Awarded with an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex.
  • Time Magazine named Berners-Lee one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century.
  • Awarded an honorary degree from The Open University as Doctor of the University.
  • Elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Received the Computer History Museum's Fellow Award, for his seminal contributions to the development of the World Wide Web.
  • Named as the first recipient of Finland's Millennium Technology Prize, for inventing the World Wide Web.
  • Appointed to the rank of Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (the second-highest class within this Order that entails a knighthood) by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Presented with an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Lancaster University.
  • Named Greatest Briton of 2004.
  • Received the Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award.
  • Received the Order of Merit, becoming one of only 24 living members entitled to hold the honor, and to use the post-nominals "O.M." after their name.
  • Awarded the 2008 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award, for "conceiving and further developing the World Wide Web."
  • Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester.
  • Awarded an honorary doctorate by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
  • Elected member of the United States National Academy of Sciences.
  • Received the Webby Award for Lifetime Achievement.
  • Awarded an honorary doctorate by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
  • One of the first three recipients of the Mikhail Gorbachev award for "The Man Who Changed the World."
  • Awarded with an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Harvard University.
  • Inducted into IEEE Intelligent Systems' AI's Hall of Fame for the "significant contributions to the field of AI and intelligent systems."
  • Inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.

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