The Scientific Indian

Twenty years ago this month


Twenty years ago this month, something happened at CERN that would change the world forever: Tim Berners-Lee handed a document to his supervisor Mike Sendall entitled “Information Management : a Proposal”. “Vague, but exciting” is how Mike described it, and he gave Tim the nod to take his proposal forward. The following year, the World Wide Web was born.-World Wide Web@20

What an incredibly lucky turn of events since then! I still remember the day when in 1998 I first used lynx, the text-only browser, on a beaten up machine in college. It felt like I had opened the window into a new world – a new medium that was not radio, TV or books. Quite a revelation.

There’s a celebration today at CERN where Berners-Lee is to speak. You can catch it here at 14:00 CET.


  1. #1 revathi
    March 13, 2009

    Thanks for the link. Yes, this was one of the most exciting discoveries of the nineties.

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