Inventors are inspirational. Tim Berners-Lee is an inventor and computer scientist. He is now known as Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee OM KBE FRS FREng FRSA FBCS and informally as TimBL. Timothy was born in London, England on June 8, 1955. He has three siblings and his parents worked on the first commercially-built computer. He went to The Queen’s College, Oxford and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics.
One of his first noteworthy accomplishments was to create type-setting software for printers. In 1980, he began working as an independent contractor at CERN. He created a system named ENQUIRE to share and update information between researchers. Later in 1980, he went to work at John Poole’s Image Computer Systems, Ltd. He worked on a computer networking system there for three years. In 1984, he returned to work at CERN. He had the idea to join hypertext with the Internet. This led to creating the World Wide Web and the first Web browser. He continued this work and in 1994 founded the W3C at MIT. Berners-Lee had no patent and with those involved decided the World Wide Web Consortium technology would be royalty-free.
In 2004, he worked on the Semantic Web as chair in Computer Science at the School of Electronic and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. In 2009, he launched the World Wide Web Foundation. He wanted the Web to be a medium for positive change. He joined the group of State.com and in 2012 he became President of the Open Data Institute. In 2013, the Alliance for Affordable Internet was launched to make Internet access more affordable and to broaden Internet access in the developing world.
Berners-Lee has gotten multiple awards and honors for his innovative work. He was knighted in 2004. He became Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2007, he was given the Order of Merit. He became one of only 24 living people to hold the honor.
Berners-Lee has been married twice. He married Rosemary Leith in 2014. His wife is Director of the World Wide Web Foundation and is on the board of YouGov. Berners-Lee is associated with World Wide Web Consortium, University of Southampton, Plessey, and MIT. Be inspired! Have a bright day!