Sir Tim Berners-Lee
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Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee (1955 – ), British engineer, computer scientist and professor, is credited with inventing (conceptualizing) the world wide web. Currently, Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an organization founded in 1994 to create web standards and develop interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools). He is a founding Director of the Web Science Trust (WST) launched in 2009 to promote research and education in Web Science, a multidisciplinary study of humanity connected by technology. Berners-Lee is a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation which funds and coordinates efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity. In 2001, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society and has been the recipient of several international awards including the Japan Prize, Prince of Asturias Foundation Prize, Millennium Technology Prize and Germany's Die Quadriga award. In 2004 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth and the Order of Merit in 2007. In 2009, he was elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2009, British Prime Minister Brown announced that Sir Tim will work with government to help make data more accessible, building on the work of the Power of Information Task Force. In 2011, Berners-Lee was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Harvard University. In 2012, Berners-Lee was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society, and even made a cameo in the 2012 London Olympic games' opening ceremonies.
Berners-Lee is a founder of the Open Data Institute which aims to "...catalyse the evolution of an open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It will unlock supply, generate demand, create and disseminate knowledge to address local and global issues. We will convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We will enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring."