In­ven­tor of World Wide Web wins com­put­ing’s ‘No­bel Prize’

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

SAN FRAN­CISCO | Most peo­ple who search on Google, share on Face­book and shop on Ama­zon have never heard of Sir Tim Bern­ers-Lee. But they might not be do­ing any of those things had he not in­vented the World Wide Web.

Mr. Bern­ers-Lee, 61, is this year’s re­cip­i­ent of the A.M. Tur­ing Award, com­put­ing’s ver­sion of the No­bel Prize.

The award, an­nounced Tues­day by the As­so­ci­a­tion for Com­put­ing Ma­chin­ery, marks an­other pin­na­cle for the Bri­tish na­tive, who has al­ready been knighted by Queen El­iz­a­beth II and named as one of the 100 most im­por­tant peo­ple of the 20th Cen­tury by Time mag­a­zine.

The honor comes with a $1 mil­lion prize funded by Google, one of many com­pa­nies that made a for­tune as a re­sult of Mr. Bern­ers-Lee’s ef­forts to make the in­ter­net more ac­ces­si­ble. He man­aged that largely by fig­ur­ing out a sim­ple way to post doc­u­ments, pic­tures and video — ev­ery­thing, re­ally, be­yond plain text — on­line.

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