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. He is a Professorial Fellow of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Berners-Lee proposed an information management system on 12 March 1989, then implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet in mid-November.Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the continued development of the Web. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tim Berners-Lee has received more than 7,645,831 page views. His biography is available in 130 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 127 in 2019). Tim Berners-Lee is the 3rd most popular computer scientist, the 251st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 203rd 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 205Before him are Alan Turing and Grace Hopper. After him are Dennis Ritchie, Richard Stallman, Donald Knuth, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Niklaus Wirth, Lotfi A. Zadeh, John McCarthy, Linus Torvalds, and Edgar F. Codd.

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Among people born in 1955, Tim Berners-Lee ranks 8Before him are Bill Gates, Bruce Willis, Rowan Atkinson, Jair Bolsonaro, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Michel Platini. After him are Kevin Costner, Alain Prost, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Whoopi Goldberg, Kris Jenner, and Angus Young.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Tim Berners-Lee ranks 251 out of 6,924Before him are John Donne (1572), John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (1842), Roger Waters (1943), J. M. Barrie (1860), Jimmy Page (1944), and Tristan (535). After him are Phil Collins (1951), Bede (672), William Morris (1834), Henry Moore (1898), Sting (1951), and Alcuin (735).


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), James H. Wilkinson (1919), Stephen Wolfram (1959), Robin Milner (1934), Geoffrey Hinton (1947), Gary McKinnon (1966), Richard Garriott (1961), Karen Spärck Jones (1935), and Bill Moggridge (1943).

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