Sir Tim Berners-Lee is credited with being the man responsible for inventing the World Wide Web; however, it must be noted he received considerable assistance from other individuals, most notable Robert Cailliau. Ultimately, however, it was Berners-Lee, in 1989, who layed out an idea for connecting information across the Internet through the use of hypertext.
Tim Berners-Lee developed the idea behind the World Wide Web while working at CERN; which is the European Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN has locations across Europe, but it's head quarters are based in Geneva, Switzerland. Berners-Lee did originally create a project called ENQUIRE in the early 1980's; this project was a failure, but it did develop some ideas which would be used by Berners-Lee in his proposal for the World Wide Web.
Tim-Berners-Lee wrote the first proposal for the World Wide Web in March, 1989; it was simple titled 'Information Management: a Proposal'. With help from Robert Cailliau, the World Wide Web took in the region of two years to become a working reality. On the 6th of August, 1991, Berners-Lee created a post on the alt.hypertext newsgroup announcing the release of the World Wide Web. The first website ever created was at the following address.
This address still provides a history of the World Wide Web; in 1996 it provided a more simple message for visitors, displayed by the image below.
Berners-Lee left CERN in the early 1990's and went on to found the W3C: World Wide Web Consortium. This organisation develops standards for the World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee full name is Timothy John Berners-Lee; a British citizen, he was born on the 8th of June, 1955.