In the spring of 1989, a British computer scientist named Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal for a more effective CERN communication system. That proposal became the blueprint for the World Wide Web and made him its official inventor.

Berners-Lee is now the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the Web’s continued development. He is also the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, and is a senior researcher and holder of the Founders Chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

In 2004, Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work.He was honoured as the “Inventor of the World Wide Web” during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, in which he appeared in person, working with a vintage NeXT Computer at the London Olympic Stadium. He tweeted “This is for everyone,” which instantly was spelled out in LCD lights attached to the chairs of the 80,000 people in the audience.