This #Techspiration blog might not have been possible without this person, so you could say we have a lot to thank him for!
Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
- Tim was born on the 8th June 1955 in London
- Tim’s mother was a previous #Techspiration of ours; Mary Lee Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who was one of the main developers in creating the first commercially available general-purpose electronic computer: The Ferranti Mark 1
- From 1973 to 1976, he studied at Queens College in Oxford, where he received a first-class Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics
- Berners-Lee made a computer out of an old television set whilst studying at university. He bought it from a repair shop!
- After a few roles in telecommunications programming and software engineering, Berners-Lee joined the Swiss research organisation CERN. At the time CERN was the largest internet node in Europe and Berners-Lee recognised and took advantage of this
- Using a NeXT computer, Tim combined the already existing hypertext code with the internet and multifont text objects to create a basic form of what we all use every day: the World Wide Web!
- A panel of 25 renowned scientists, academics, writers and world leaders, ranked the invention of the World Wide Web as the number one cultural moment that shaped the world
- In 2009 Berners-Lee was hired by prime minister Gordon Brown to make data more open and accessible. Tim and his team created a data.gov.uk which opened up all data for official purposes and free re-use
- The same year Berners-Lee set up the World Wide Web foundation, which was established to ‘advance the open web as a public good and a basic right’. There are currently 30 employees who campaign to keep the world wide web as its creator intended: to be used freely and fully.
What makes him great?
This really doesn’t need too much explanation.
Instant connectivity with anyone and anything around the world would not be possible without Berners-Lee’s extensive knowledge and creativity in his field.
Why he is a techspiration to Claritas
Tim Berners-Lee is a techspiration to us because his inventiveness and creativity in computer science has formed the basis of some of our technologies and developments today. Without him, we might all be doing a completely different job.
Our favourite quote
The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.