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)
Jeff Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Foreseeing the Internet’s capacity for e-commerce, he developed the idea of a bookselling business on the Internet. He made this reality in 1994 when he set up Amazon. This was followed by an unparalleled career during which he transferred the original online bookstore to a global retailer, a marketplace and cloud computing provider.
The US-American scholar Shoshana Zuboff is Professor Emerita of Business Administration at Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She sharply criticizes the collection of personal data, in particular by global internet corporations like Google and Facebook, and describes their business models as “surveillance capitalism” which, in her view, “destroys the inner nature of man.”
Their successes in cancer research can help save lives. Not only that, but the BioNTech founders Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin are bringing hope to the world with their vaccine against Covid-19.