Info-tech

The man who snared the world in his Web

K.V. Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on March 28, 2011 Published on March 28, 2011

Mr Tim Berners-Lee





Perhaps no other revolution in the history of mankind took so short a time to engulf the world. Not the industrial revolution, not the computers, not any political revolution. It is the World Wide Web, or dub, dub, dub as the Web scientists fondly call it. At 20, the Web has virtually left no single aspect of human life untouched – be it education, medicine, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals or agriculture.

It forced businesses and manufacturers to change the way they operate. It gave ideas to telecom companies to device new products. It changed the way people communicate and collaborate.

It is impossible today to think of a world without the Web. And the man behind this phenomenal invention is Mr Tim Berners-Lee. While working at a European agency for nuclear research in the late 80s, he visualised the transfer of information over the Internet.

With the help of a young researcher Mr Robert Cailliau, he successfully translated his dream into a reality. Rest, as they say, is history.

Currently the Director of World Wide Consortium, Mr Berners-Lee is not one to rest on his laurels. And unlike the glittering Web that has become the DNA of crores of people, he doesn't want to be in the limelight.

Mr Berners-Lee, who is in India to attend the crucial Web research conclave, International World Wide Web Conference, decided to stay away from the media glare. He was seen busy talking to researchers, who are leading core themes that will drive the Web's next decade, on the sidelines of the conference.

“No, not now. Perhaps, some time later,” he said, politely turning down a request for a short interview on day one.

But the unassuming Web inventor has taken up the task of promoting it as a science and a discipline at academic institutes and technology research laboratories. He leads the team of nine directors on the Web Science Trust Network of Laboratories.

Accepting compliments for inventing the Web, “you are most welcome,” he said, before resuming conversation with the researchers.

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Published on March 28, 2011
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