Did You Know?

The inventor of the World Wide Web, as opposed to the inventor of the Internet, is alive and well and being richly-rewarded for his pioneering efforts: Sir Tim Berners-Lee is this year’s recipient of the A.M. Turing Award, the computer-geek equivalent of the Nobel Prize. From CBSNews.com today:

…Starting in 1989, Berners-Lee began working on ways digital object could be identified and retrieved through browser software capable of rendering graphics and other images.

In August 1991, he launched the world’s first website.

Besides coming up with the web’s technical specifications, Berners-Lee “offered a coherent vision of how each of these elements would work together as part of an integrated whole”, said Vicki Hanson, president of the Association for Computing Machinery.

In an even more significant move, Berners-Lee decided against patenting his technology and instead offered it as royalty-free software. That allowed other programmers to build upon the foundation he’d laid, spawning more than a billion websites today that have helped lure more than three billion people online.…

PYBT for the complete article: World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee wins Turing Award, the “Nobel Prize” of computing

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