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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.

http://info.cern.ch

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.

Showing the message which could find at the first ever website url, this is the text which was published in early 1996, and has since been altered.

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.