Guys, I’m like a week late with this blog and I thought I will just skip this assignment, but then I did a little research on this guy. Although his occupation states that he is only “Computer Programmer”, he turned out to be so much more. He invented just a tiny insignificant thing we called World Wide Web, which in my eyes makes him very important “dude”. During his college days in good old Oxford, Tim majored in physics and built his own computer out of spare parts. But that doesn’t show a fraction of his capabilities, I mean this guy is dedicated like you read about. He was also  caught hacking during his stay at Oxford and banned from using the university’s computer. After graduating from Oxford in 1976, Tim worked on various programming projects before taking a position as a software engineer for CERN, the European particle physics laboratory in Switzerland, in 1980. During his stint at CERN he developed the first prototype of the World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via Internet. He is also the director of the World Wide Web Consortium that oversee’s Web’s continued development.

All together, Tim Berners-Lee is very interesting guy and I think we can all learn a lot from him.

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  1. pbm043 says:

    I found it strange that this is apparently a hugely important man, both in terms of what he contributed to the world and his current position as director of the WWWC, and yet I had never heard his name before. I found it particularly interesting that he was caught hacking at Oxford; it seems to be a trend with some of these big-shots, particularly in the technology field, that there is a need to “fight the system” in some form, whether it be some minor illegal activity or dropping out of school (Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs). I would be very interested to hear this man speak because he was around at the beginning: I would love to hear his opinion on what his intentions were for what he was developing 30 years ago, how things have changed, and the direction he feels that things are currently headed towards.

  2. Jordi says:

    Do people who make break throughs in other fields no also “fight the system” in some ways? I was thinking of the brilliant people at Enron, AIG, and all the investment banks. No snark here. But they also thought they had to beat the system to create their own brekathroughs in terms of new business models or financial products. But, wee those good breakthroughs? THe title of the Enron case was “Innovation Corrupted.” Does that mean innovation, hacking, fighting the system are always good on their own terms?

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