Berners-Lee who invented the World Wide Web is this year’s recipient of the A.M. Turing Award, computing’s version of the Nobel Prize.
He is 61.
The award, announced by the Association for Computing Machinery, marks another pinnacle for the British native, who has already been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and named as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th Century by Time magazine
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the organization that awards the $1 million prize, announced the Turing Award winner earlier this week.
The computer science rockstar has picked up more than a dozen major prizes and honorific titles over the years; for instance, he's earned a place in the Internet Hall of Fame and has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
That invention not only transformed the world in unimaginable ways but was also a technically and conceptually challenging feat, ACM noted.
Berners-Lee invented the unique system for locating data on the web (such as the now-ubiquitous URLs that help users navigate to a specific page).
He also created early versions of web browsers and envisioned the way all of these conceptual pieces would fit together,
Berners-Lee began his work on the invention of the World Wide Web in response to a practical problem: Back in 1989, physicists at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), home of the largest atom smasher in the world, were having trouble sharing their data.
Berners-Lee earned a physics degree from the University of Oxford in 1976.
He was at a series of companies before winding up at CERN and, in 1994, founded the World Wide Web Consortium.
WW Consortium is dedicated to making common guidelines and standards for all things internet-related.Timothy Berners Lee: Know More
- Born: 8 June 1955,
- London, United Kingdom
- Awards: Internet Hall of Fame, Royal Medal, more
- Important Books: Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by its Inventor.
- Education: The Queen's College, Oxford (1973–1976), Emanuel School (1969–1973)