04-16-2004, 09:26 PM   #1

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A Piece of Trivia…and a congratulations!!

Did you ever wonder who invented the World Wide Web as you “surf” the net on your iPAQ? I have and I really didn’t know the answer till today when I saw this article on the BBC.

Here are some interesting facts about Tim Berners-Lee

Born in London in 1955 Studied at Wandsworth’s Emanuel School Read physics at Queen’s College, Oxford Banned from using the university’s computer when he and a friend were caught hacking Built own computer with old TV, a Motorola microprocessor and soldering iron Created web in late 1980s and early 1990s at Cern Offered it free on the net Previously awarded an OBE In 1994 he founded World Wide Web Consortium at MIT In 1999 he became first holder of the 3Com Founders chair

Time magazine named him one of the top 20 thinkers of the 20th Century

MANS HULDEN an Associated Press Writer, wrote this story:


ESPOO, Finland (AP) — The scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has been awarded the first Millennium Technology Prize. The award, a euro1 million cash prize, equivalent to $1.2 million, is among the largest of its kind, and was awarded for the first time. It was established in 2002 and backed by the Finnish government. Berners-Lee is recognized as the creator of the World Wide Web while working for the CERN Laboratory in the early 1990s, the European center for nuclear research near Geneva, Switzerland. His graphical point-and-click browser, “WorldWideWeb,” was the first featuring the core ideas included in today’s Web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, and Mozilla. The prize committee on Thursday said Berners-Lee’s contribution strongly embodied the spirit of the award. Pekka Tarjanne, chairman of the eight-member prize committee, underlined the importance of Berner-Lee’s decision to never strive to commercialize or patent his contributions to the Internet technologies he developed. The prize is administered by the Finnish Technology Award Foundation, an independent fund supported by the Finnish government and a number of Finnish companies and organizations. Future prizes will be awarded every two years. This year, 74 nominations were received for the award. Universities, research institutes, and national scientific academies are eligible to nominate prize winners. Berners-Lee, who is originally from Britain, continues to work at the standard-setting World Wide Web Consortium at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An award ceremony will be held June 15 in Helsinki.

You can find some neat information on Tim and other Internet Pioneers here

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04-20-2004, 07:33 PM   #2



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Most historical accounts say the Internet was created in 1969, when the first network of widely separated computers was set up by the Defense Department to aid in computer research. It was called the ARPANET, and it was created by scientists at Bolt Beranek & Newman.

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