Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a pioneer and advocate of the Internet age, and is best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He is now with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT and directs the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a Web standards organization.
Sir Tim is a director of the World Wide Web Foundation, which
funds and coordinates efforts to advance the potential of the Web
to benefit humanity by creating programs that help give access to
the Web often in developing countries. He is a founding director of
the Web Science Trust, which promotes the multidisciplinary study
of the web and its effects on society.
In 2004 Berners-Lee was knighted and in 2007 he was awarded the
Order of Merit (OM) one of 22 living members bestowed as a personal
gift of the Queen. In June 2009 then UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown
announced that Sir Tim Berners-Lee would work with the British
Government to help make data more open and accessible on the Web.
He is building a web for open, linked data that could do for
numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our
data and reframe the way we use it together.