Happy Birthday, Internet!
Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web at Geneva-based CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and he made the first successful hypertext communication 21 years ago on December 25.
Berners-Lee is a British computer scientist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
“Creating the web was really an act of desperation, because the situation without it was very difficult when I was working at CERN later. Most of the technology involved in the web had all been designed already. I just had to put them together.”
The Internet has transformed the world in lightning speed. TIME magazine has noted, “Unlike so many of the inventions that have moved the world, this one truly was the work of one man . . . the World Wide Web is Berners-Lee’s alone. He designed it. He loosed it on the world. And he more than anyone else has fought to keep it open, non-proprietary, and free.
Media mogul Rudolph Murdock has stated, “The Internet has been the most fundamental change during my lifetime and for hundreds of years… it’s the biggest thing since the invention of writing.’”