WWW@20

13 March 2009

On 13 March 2009, Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee returned to the birthplace of his invention, 20 years after submitting his paper ‘Information Management: A Proposal’ to his boss Mike Sendall. By writing the words ‘Vague, but exciting’ on the document’s cover, and giving Berners-Lee the go-ahead to continue, Sendall was signing into existence the information revolution of our times: the World Wide Web. In September of the following year, Berners-Lee took delivery of a computer called a NeXT cube, and by December the Web was up and running, albeit between just a couple of computers at CERN.

A celebration was held in the Globe on the afternoon of the 13th March to bring together those who created the web at CERN.

Explore the resources prepared for press on the occasion of the WWW@20 event.

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Archive of important events in CERN's history for press

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