Sir Tim Berners-Lee creates the worldwide web.
In March 1989, English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee puts together a proposal for an information management system which will change the world forever.
Berners-Lee works in CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research), which houses the world’s largest internet node, during 1980, returning in 1984 to develop a proposal to link hypertext with the internet. At CERN, he designs and builds the first web browser in 1990, and then builds the first website, which goes online on August 6 1991.
In March 1999, a decade on from his original proposal for ‘the internet’, Berners-Lee is named among the ‘100 most important people of the 20th century’ by Time magazine. The entry accompanying his inclusion on the list reads: “He wove the World Wide Web and created a mass medium for the 21st century. The World Wide Web is Berners-Lee’s alone. He designed it. He loosed it on the world. And he more than anyone else has fought to keep it open, non-proprietary and free.”
In 2004, Berners-Lee receives a knighthood “for services to the global development of the Internet”.
Berners-Lee’s cultural impact is also recognised by Sir Peter Blake, the artist behind The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover image, who in 2012 includes Berners-Lee as one of the British cultural icons to appear on his reworking of the famous artwork.