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Nicola Pellow

Last Edit: 02/08/18

Nicola Pellow is an English mathematician that was involved in the early development of the World Wide Wide. Nicola Pellow was a member of the CERN WWW Project: this was the original project, initiated by Tim Berners-Lee and CERN, that began the early development of the World Wide Web.

Nicola Pellow, pictured with Berners-Lee in 1991, when she was working for CERN WWW project and writing the line mode browser.
(Pictured: Nicola Pellow with Tim Berners-Lee (at Cern) in 1991)

The CERN WWW Project included nineteen members, and some of the project members were students who were working at CERN for work experience. Alain Favre and Nicola Pellow were both students: Nicola Pellow was a mathematics student who was studying at Leicester Polytechnic. Nicola Pellow joined the WWW Project in November 1990, and left the project to resume her studies at Leicester Polytechnic in August 1991.

Nicola Pellow rejoined the CERN WWW Project -- after she had graduated -- in late 1992. By this date, the World Wide Web was a live service on the Internet, and the process of developing client programs for it -- that would increase accessibility -- had begun. Nicola Pellow played an important 'role' in this process: she helped to develop two important web browsers:

  1. Line Mode Browser: the second web browser developed.
  2. MacWWW: the first web browser developed for the Apple Macintosh platform.

By the mid 1990s, the World Wide Web had proven itself to be a popular Internet service, which eventually led to Tim Berners-Lee leaving CERN (1994) to create the World Wide Web Consortium. The CERN WWW Project was disbanded and its role of developing the technical architecture of the World Wide Web was passed onto the World Wide Web Consortium.