Tim Berners-Lee

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Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee (born 8 June 1955), also known as TimBL, is an English computer scientist best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, the HTML markup language, the URL system, and HTTP. He is a professorial research fellow at the University of Oxford and a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Berners-Lee proposed an information management system on 12 March 1989 and implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet in mid-November. He devised and implemented the first Web browser and Web server and helped foster the Web's subsequent explosive development. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tim Berners-Lee has received more than 10,626,382 page views. His biography is available in 136 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 133 in 2019). Tim Berners-Lee is the 3rd most popular computer scientist, the 153rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 302nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Computer Scientist.

Tim Berners-Lee is most famous for inventing the World Wide Web. He is also a founding director of the World Wide Web Foundation.

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Among computer scientists, Tim Berners-Lee ranks 3 out of 245Before him are Alan Turing, and Grace Hopper. After him are Richard Stallman, Niklaus Wirth, Dennis Ritchie, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Donald Knuth, John McCarthy, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Linus Torvalds, and Andrew S. Tanenbaum.

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Among people born in 1955, Tim Berners-Lee ranks 7Before him are Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Bruce Willis, Nicolas Sarkozy, Rowan Atkinson, and Michel Platini. After him are Jair Bolsonaro, Koji Tanaka, Kevin Costner, Alain Prost, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and Ornella Muti.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Tim Berners-Lee ranks 153 out of 8,785Before him are Æthelstan (895), Anna Wintour (1949), Rowan Atkinson (1955), Helen Mirren (1945), Henry Purcell (1659), and John Venn (1834). After him are John, King of England (1166), James VI and I (1566), Alfred Russel Wallace (1823), Joseph Priestley (1733), Catherine Parr (1512), and Catherine Howard (1523).


Among computer scientists born in United Kingdom, Tim Berners-Lee ranks 2Before him are Alan Turing (1912). After him are Edgar F. Codd (1923), Maurice Wilkes (1913), Geoffrey Hinton (1947), James H. Wilkinson (1919), Robin Milner (1934), Karen Spärck Jones (1935), Stephen Wolfram (1959), Richard Garriott (1961), Paul Graham (1964), and David Marr (1945).