SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE

THE INVENTOR OF THE WORLD WIDE WEB AND ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S ‘100 MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE OF THE 20TH CENTURY’ AND ‘MOST INFLUENTIAL THINKERS’, SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE IS A COMPUTER SCIENTIST AND ACADEMIC WHOSE VISIONARY AND INNOVATIVE WORK HAS TRANSFORMED ALMOST EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES.

HAVING INVENTED THE WEB IN 1989 WHILE AT CERN AND SUBSEQUENTLY WORKING TO ENSURE IT WAS MADE FREELY AVAILABLE TO ALL, SIR TIM IS NOW DEDICATED TO ENHANCING THE WEB AND PROTECTING ITS FUTURE. HE IS A FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE WORLD WIDE WEB FOUNDATION, CREATED IN 2009, WHICH SEEKS TO ENSURE THE WEB SERVES HUMANITY BY ESTABLISHING IT AS A GLOBAL PUBLIC GOOD AND A BASIC RIGHT. HE IS ALSO DIRECTOR OF THE WORLD WIDE WEB CONSORTIUM, A GLOBAL WEB STANDARDS ORGANIZATION HE FOUNDED IN 1994 TO LEAD THE WEB TO ITS FULL POTENTIAL. IN 2012 HE CO-FOUNDED AND BECAME PRESIDENT OF THE OPEN DATA INSTITUTE (ODI) IN LONDON WHICH ADVOCATES FOR OPEN DATA IN THE UK AND GLOBALLY. SIR TIM HAS ADVISED A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENTS AND CORPORATIONS ON OPEN DATA, NET NEUTRALITY AND ONGOING DIGITAL STRATEGIES.

A GRADUATE OF OXFORD UNIVERSITY, SIR TIM PRESENTLY IS A PROFESSOR AT CSAIL (COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB) AT THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) (USA) WHERE HE LEADS RESEARCH IN THE DECENTRALIZED INFORMATION GROUP (DIG) AND THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON (UK.)

SIR TIM HAS RECEIVED MULTIPLE ACCOLADES AND HONORS. IN 2001, HE WAS NAMED A FELLOW OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY. HE HAS BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS INCLUDING THE JAPAN PRIZE, THE PRINCE OF ASTURIAS FOUNDATION PRIZE, FINLAND’S MILLENNIUM TECHNOLOGY PRIZE AND GERMANY'S DIE QUADRIGA AWARD. HE HAS RECEIVED ALMOST 20 HONORARY DOCTORATES AND IS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNET HALL OF FAME. IN 2004 HE WAS KNIGHTED BY H.M. QUEEN ELIZABETH AND IN 2007, HE WAS AWARDED THE UK’S ORDER OF MERIT - A PERSONAL GIFT OF THE MONARCH THAT IS LIMITED TO JUST 24 LIVING RECIPIENTS. IN 2013, SIR TIM, ALONG WITH VINTON CERF, ROBERT KAHN, LOUIS POUZIN AND MARC ANDREESSEN, WAS AWARDED THE QUEEN ELIZABETH PRIZE FOR ENGINEERING FOR "GROUND-BREAKING INNOVATION IN ENGINEERING THAT HAS BEEN OF GLOBAL BENEFIT TO HUMANITY.”

IN 2012 HE PLAYED A STARRING ROLE IN THE OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE OLYMPICS, WHERE, IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE OF SOME 900 MILLION, HE TWEETED “THIS IS FOR EVERYONE”.