Tim Berners-Lee (1955- )
London-born computer programmer and creator of the World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee graduated with a degree in physics from Oxford University in 1976. In 1984, he joined the physics research center CERN, in Switzerland, as a consultant software engineer. There he designed and developed the World Wide Web as a global system to assist collaboration through hypertext. In 1994, he joined the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT, where he directs the World Wide Web Consortium to lead revolutionary transformations of the Web. He was inspired by Ted Nelson's vision of hypertext and used software written by Stallman and Larry Wall in developing the World Wide Web.