Thursday, October 27, 2016, Oxford officially announced the appointment of Tim Berners-Lee, the World Wide Web inventor, as a professor in Oxford University for the Computer Science department.
Berners-Lee, who graduated 40 years ago with a degree in physics, will be working together with Nigel Shadbolt as a member of Christ Church College which was founded in 1524.
Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 in CERN Switzerland, will carry out research in Computer Science for the university. He is also working as a full time professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is where he is currently based.
Being the pioneer of the internet, he was able to create a system that allowed the transfer of information within computer networks through the communication between Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and the server. Since then, he has led a powerful authority on the web and made a momentous change in the society.
The head of the Computer Science at Oxford, Mike Wooldridge said “”Few living individuals have changed our world as profoundly as Tim did with his invention of the World Wide Web. We are delighted and honored to welcome Tim back to Oxford and are tremendously excited about what we will be able to do together in the years to come.”
Berners-Lee was recognized as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century by the Time Magazine.
In 1989, he wrote in a memo, the explanation on how hypertext could be combined with the internet and be used to share and distribute information worldwide.
Martyn Percy, the dean of Christ Church, expressed his gladness for having Berners-Lee as part of the university. “We are delighted that Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee will be joining us. As one of the most significant innovators and scholars of our time, his work with us here in Oxford will continue”.