August 13, 2013
ALWAYS SURPRISING TO BE REMINDED HOW RECENT AN INNOVATION IT IS:
Remembering the Day the World Wide Web Was Born : What drove Tim Berners-Lee to imagine this game-changing model for information sharing, and will its openness be its undoing? (Larry Greenemeier, March 12, 2009, Scientific American)
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 13, 2013 12:12 AMTwenty years ago this month, a software consultant named Tim Berners-Lee at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (better known as CERN) hatched a plan for an open computer network to keep track of research at the particle physics laboratory in the suburbs of Geneva, Switzerland. Berners-Lee's modestly titled "Information Management: A Proposal," which he submitted to get a CERN grant, would become the blueprint for the World Wide Web.The Web was not an overnight success. In fact, it took nearly two years before Berners-Lee--with help from CERN computer scientist Robert Cailliau and others--on Christmas Day 1990 set up the first successful communication between a Web browser and server via the Internet. This demonstration was followed by several more years of tireless lobbying by Berners-Lee, now 53, to convince professors, students, programmers and Internet enthusiasts to create more Web browsers and servers that would soon forever change the world of human communication.