Thirty years ago, an English software engineer submitted a “vague, but exciting” proposal to his boss about a system for managing information that would later be known as the World Wide Web.
Tim Berners-Lee was in his early 30s when he submitted the idea at work, a physics laboratory in Switzerland. He wasn’t hired to create a worldwide communication system. He simply came up with the idea because he noticed inefficiencies at work.
The World Wide Web was conceived on March 12, 1989, by computing legend Tim Berners-Lee.
As for Berners-Lee, he went on to become a major internet thought leader and an outspoken proponent of Net Neutrality. He was among the first people inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012.
He was knighted for the feat of creating the World Wide Web, in what was surely the most justifiable knighting since Heath Ledger.