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Tim Berners-Lee
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Born 8 June 1955 (1955-06-08) (age 64)
Residence Massachusetts, USA
Nationality British
Education Queen's College, Oxford
Occupation Computer scientist
Employer World Wide Web Consortium and University of Southampton
Known for Inventing the World Wide Web
Parent(s) Conway Berners-Lee, Mary Lee Woods
Website Tim Berners-Lee
Holder of the 3Com Founders Chair at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Tim Berners-Lee (Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA) is the inventor of the World Wide Web. The WWW is the system that delivers webpages over the internet. He created a new computer language called HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) which most web pages are written in. The first web page was available on 6 August 1991.

Berners-Lee now leads the World Wide Web Consortium. That is an organization that looks after the World Wide Web. He is the author of the book Weaving the Web. He is a director of The Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), and a member of the advisory board of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. In April 2009, he was elected as a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, based in Washington, D.C. In 1999, Time Magazine named Berners-Lee one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century. In March 2000 he was awarded an honorary degree from the Open University as Doctor of the University.

Early life

Tim Berners-Lee was born in London, on 8 June 1955. He is the son of Conway Berners-Lee and Mary Lee Woods. First, he attended Sheen Mount primary school. Then he went on to Emanuel School in London, from 1969 to 1973. After that, he studied at Queen's College, Oxford, from 1973 to 1976. While he was there, he received a first-class degree in Physics.

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