Famous Brit of the Week

February 8, 2018

 

As it was 'Safer Internet Day' this week, it was only fitting that Miss Atkinson should choose the inventor of the World Wide Web as Famous Brit of the Week. Sir Tim Berners-Lee is currently Professor of Computer Science at Oxford University. 

In 2004, Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work. Named in Time magazine's list of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century, Berners-Lee has received a number of other accolades for his invention.

He was honoured as the "Inventor of the World Wide Web" during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, in which he appeared in person, working with a vintage NeXT Computer at the London Olympic Stadium.

He tweeted "This is for everyone", which instantly was spelled out in LCD lights attached to the chairs of the 80,000 people in the audience.

In 2017, Berners-Lee received the 2016 Turing Award "for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale".

 

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