Timothy J. Berners-Lee
3Com Founders Professor of Engineering
Director, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
3 Com Founders Researcher
MacArthur Fellow

As the son of two British mathematicians who both worked on the development of early computers, perhaps it is not that surprising that Tim Berners-Lee is the person credited with inventing the World Wide Web in 1989. As founder of the World Wide Web Foundation and as director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Professor Berners-Lee currently oversees the continued development of the web, is a senior researcher at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), and was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 greatest minds of the 20th century.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Origins of hypertext (HTML), hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP), uniform resource locator (URL), and the first web browser and server.
  • Growing the web from its start on his own computer.
  • Deciding to forgo patents and royalties so that the web is free to all.
  • Founding the World Wide Web Consortium, which creates standards and recommendations for improving the web.
  • Work by the World Wide Web Foundation to fund and coordinate efforts to use the web to benefit humanity.
  • Envisioning the potential of the Semantic Web.