Tim Berners-Lee is responsible for developing the technologies that underlie the internet to this day, including naming schemes (URIs), the HTTP communication protocol, and the HTML web page language. The ACM Turing Award, often referred to as the 'Nobel Prize of Computing, ' carries a $1 million prize, with financial support provided by Google, Inc.
Today's award announcement by the Association for Computing Machinery marks another pinnacle for Berners-Lee, a British native, who has already been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and named as one of the 100 most important people in the 20th Century by Time magazine.
For most of his life, Berners-Lee has worked to make information on the web open for everyone to use, and he has continued to be vocal about the evolution of the internet.
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In 1991, he published the world's first Web page, which is still online at http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/Summary.html - it described the goal of this "easy but powerful global information system" and showed visitors how to set up their own Web pages and servers.
By 1994, the number of websites had grown to almost 3,000, and today, there are more than 1 billion websites online.
The web's widespread appeal gratifies Berners-Lee, who now splits his time shuttling between the USA and Britain as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford.
Tim Berners-Lee has also expressed concern at what's happening with internet regulation lately.
This latest attempt by ISP providers to monetize their customers' data was described as "really appalling" by the 51 year old computer scientist, and warned internet users that they were in danger of losing their privacy should politicians and businesses continue to take advantage of their legislative powers.
Haha, just kidding. Well, not about the prize part.
In response to this award, Berners-Lee said that he's humbled to get an honor that has been presented to some of the most brilliant minds in the world. "So, yes, we should logically think about those consequences".
"It's incredible when you look at the giants of the field, the computer science researchers of the past, it's a great honor to be put on the end of that list", he said.
In 1989, after several years working on early computer networking, he started to combine the ideas of hypertext, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the domain name system into a distributed information system he called the World Wide Web.
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