Inventor of World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, uses Apple Mac

Monday, August 17, 2009
By OP Editor

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, is a British computer scientist and MIT professor credited with invention of the World Wide Web (otherwise known as WWW, W3, W3C, internet, web, net, and information superhighway).

Berners-Lee is a Apple Mac user. He describes UNIX based Mac OS X operating system as very similar to the NeXTStep operating system on which he developed the World Wide Web program originally.

Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the Web’s continued development.

Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web Inventor

Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web Inventor

Conceptualized in March 1989, Tim Berners-Lee implemented the first successful communication between a HTTP client and server via the internet on December 25 of 1990, with the help of Robert Cailliau and a young student staff at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory.

Describing his idea, Berners-Lee said “I just had to take the hypertext idea and connect it to the Transmission Control Protocol and domain name system ideas and — ta-da! — the World Wide Web.”

Tim Berners-Lee with Apple Mac laptop at CERN, where the World Wide Web was born / invented

Tim Berners-Lee with Apple Mac laptop at CERN, where the World Wide Web was born / invented

The first World Wide Web server was developed and hosted on NeXT workstation computer. NeXT workstations are high tech computers developed by Steve Jobs’ NeXT Computer Inc. – the company Steve Jobs established while he was ousted from Apple Mac division from the late 80s to most of 90s.

First World Wide Web Server at CERN, made possible by Tim Berners-Lee, created and hosted on Steve Jobs NeXT workstation computer

First World Wide Web Server at CERN, made possible by Tim Berners-Lee, created and hosted on Steve Jobs creation NeXT workstation computer

With the first WWW internet server developed and hosted on a NeXT workstation computer, it’s not too far of a stretch say Steve Jobs has indirectly helped enabling the invention of the World Wide Web. NeXT was eventually bought by Apple and integrated into Mac OS X (More on Steve Jobs, Apple, NeXT, Pixar in a future article.)

Inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, with his Apple Mac laptop running OS X

In 1994, Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT. The World Wide Web Consortium decided that its standards should be based on royalty-free technology, so that they could easily be adopted by anyone. As part of the work with Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Berners-Lee made his idea available freely, with no patent and no royalties due.

Abridged Recognition of Tim Berners-Lee

  • In 1999, Time Magazine included Berners-Lee in its list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
  • He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001.
  • He was awarded the rank of Knight Commander (the second-highest rank in the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II, in 2004. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit, one of about 2 dozen people world wide with the title.
  • First winner of the Millennium Technology Prize, receiving an award of 1 million Euros
  • On April 28 2009, he was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

via:
Apple Family [blog.tice.de]
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C [official page]
Tim Berners-Lee [wikipedia encyclopedia]
Web inventor Berners-Lee wins rich tech prize [abc.net.au]

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