Tim Berners-Lee, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium, co-hosted by ERCIM, receives the 2016 ACM Turing Award.
ACM recognizes Tim Berners-Lee for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. Considered one of the most influential computing innovations in history, the World Wide Web is the primary tool used by billions of people every day to communicate, access information, engage in commerce, and perform many other important activities.
Berners-Lee, who graduated from Oxford University, invented the web in 1989 at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) as a way to allow scientists around the world to share information with each other on the internet. Since 1994, he leads the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which includes a staff of technical experts who help coordinate technology development and manage the operations of the Consortium. ERCIM is hosting the European branch of W3C.
"Congratulations on receiving the Turing Award on behalf of ERCIM and W3C Europe" says Philipp Hoschka, General Director of ERCIM. "Tim's invention has changed the world. It is a great honour to work with him and we take immense pride in collaborating on leading the Web to its full potential."