Tim Berners Lee put the pieces together and created the world wide web while working at CERN in 1989.

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  • On June 8, 1955, Tim Berners-Lee was born in London, England. Berners-Lee is a computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web in 1989, when he made the first successful communication between a hypertext transfer protocol (http) client and server. (He was working at the high-tech CERN facility in Geneva, Switzerland, at the time.)


    Berners-Lee is modest about his truly revolutionary contribution to world culture: “Most of the technology involved in the web, like the hypertext, like the Internet, multifont text objects, had all been designed already. I just had to put them together.”


    Perhaps even more staggering than Berners-Lee’s invention was his decision to share his knowledge freely—no patent on his idea, no royalties due. “This is for everyone,” he tweeted from the 2012 London Olympics. The web is free because of Berners-Lee.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    communication Noun

    sharing of information and ideas.

    culture Noun

    learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.

    facility Noun

    a building or room that serves a specific function.

    Internet Noun

    vast, worldwide system of linked computers and computer networks.

    invention Noun

    new idea, machine, product, device, or process.

    modest Adjective

    refusing to draw attention to oneself.

    patent Noun

    legal right to make or sell an invention.

    revolutionary Adjective

    new or innovative.

    technology Noun

    the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.