Where Are They Now?: 1998 Industry Hall Of Fame Inductees


Tim Berners-Lee

Achievements: Berners-Lee's greatest achievement was also one of history's most revolutionary, the development of the World Wide Web. In 1980, Berners-Lee joined CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, where he wrote the program Enquire in his spare time. Enquire was the origin of what would become known as the Internet, and was a unified platform that ran on one computer. After the advent of the Net, Berners-Lee continued to contribute to the web's development and subsequently created the beginnings of the universal resource locators, HTTP and HTML.

Today: Berners-Lee worked at CERN until 1994 when he joined MIT's computer science lab, where he is still the senior research scientist. Berners-Lee formed the World Wide Web Consortium in 1994 and continues to serve as its director. Berners-Lee continues to contribute to the development of the Web as he shies away from the lime-light -- with the exception being knighted in 2004 by Queen Elizabeth II.