Three Influential British scientists originally involved with CERN

Have been looking at three British who were originally involved in CERN which is where the internet first originated using the www (world wide web). This www web browser system was invented by Tim Berners-Lee. This is his bio and want to focus on his work at CERN:

Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, DFBCS (born 8 June 1955), also known as TimBL, is an English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989, and he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet sometime around mid-November of that same year.

In 1989, CERN was the largest Internet node in Europe, and Tim Berners-Lee saw an opportunity to join hypertext with the Internet:

“I just had to take the hypertext idea and connect it to the Transmission Control Protocol and domain name system ideas and—ta-da!—the World Wide Web… Creating the web was really an act of desperation, because the situation without it was very difficult when I was working at CERN later. Most of the technology involved in the web, like the hypertext, like the Internet, multifont text objects, had all been designed already. I just had to put them together. It was a step of generalising, going to a higher level of abstraction, thinking about all the documentation systems out there as being possibly part of a larger imaginary documentation system.”

CERN http was the first web server developed at CERN which makes me think the wen/internet was developed around CERN for some specific reason. This interests me consider quantum computing has been developed to serve CEN’s work.

CERN http (later also known as W3C http) was a web server (HTTP) daemon originally developed at CERN from 1990 onwards by Tim Berners-Lee, Ari Luotonen and Henrik Frystyk Nielsen. Implemented in C, it was the first ever web server software and went live on Christmas Day 1990.

Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the web

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