Sir Timothy Berners-Lee OM OBE FREng FRS
Tim Berners-Lee is a computer scientist and software engineer who invented the World Wide Web in 1990 whilst working at CERN. His construction of the world’s first website, web server and web browser revolutionised the way in which we access the internet and has had an immeasurable societal and economic impact.
Underpinning the World Wide Web was Tim’s invention of the Universal Resource Locator (URL), an addressing system that provided each Web page with a unique location, and the HTTP and HTML protocols, which defined how information is structured and transmitted on the web.
Amongst his many accolades, Tim has been awarded a knighthood and the Order of Merit, and was one of five recipients of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize. He has also been named among Time magazine’s 100 most important people of the 20th century.
Interest and expertise
- Computer sciences
- Computer science (excl engineering aspects)