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The Axel Springer Award for Sir Timothy Berners-Lee will be bestowed on May 2, 2017 in Berlin. “An Evening for Sir Timothy Berners-Lee” will reflect on the multi-faceted influence of Berners-Lees’ invention.

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee was born on June 8, 1955 in London. Almost 30 years ago he drew up his plans for a global hypertext information sharing system while at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN. He invented the World Wide Web and the language on which it is based – HTML (HyperText Markup Language). The World Wide Web was conceived as an open platform through which people could exchange information, regardless of geographic or cultural borders. Today Berners-Lee continues to campaign for an Open Web. He is Director of the World Wide Web Consortium, the World Wide Web Foundation as well as a Professor at both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Oxford University.
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“His challenge was to overcome borders and bring people together. Sir Timothy Berners-Lee found a solution and at the same time laid the foundation for nothing less than a radical transformation of our world.”

Mathias Döpfner
Mathias Döpfner CEO Axel Springer SE

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Tim Berners-Lee

Press Release: Announcement 2017

27.3.2017 Axel Springer Award 2017 for World Wide Web inventor Sir Timothy Berners-Lee Award ceremony on May 2, 2017 at the Axel Springer Journalists Club This year’s Axel Springer Award goes to Sir Timothy Berners-Lee. With this award, Axel Springer recognizes the work of the British computer scientist who in 1989 created the foundations of […]

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