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Thanks, Tim: Web inventor Berners-Lee stars in Olympics opening ceremony

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, has been honoured in a starring role at the London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony.

A section of the ceremony titled ‘Frankie and June say… Thanks Tim,’ celebrated an average Saturday night in the UK, showcasing the love story of Frankie and June against the backdrop of iconic soap and musical moments.

It finished with a house rising into the air, revealing Berners-Lee alone underneath it, sat at a computer terminal, typing.

His words then appeared on one side of the stadium: This is for everyone.

A tweet appeared moments later on Berners-Lee’s twitter account saying the same thing – perhaps even tweeted live.

It was surely a highlight for anyone involved in the technology industry – underlining what UK computer science has brought to the world and pointing out what a vital part of our everyday lives the web has become, which is at times so easy to take for granted.

Thanks, Tim.


The invention of the world wide web goes back to 1989, when Berners-Lee was working at CERN and made a proposal for an information management system.

In 1990, he wrote the first web client and server.

Now he is the 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Berners-Lee is also the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a web standards organisation which seeks to develop interoperable technologies to ‘lead the web to its full potential’.

In 2008, he formed the Web Foundation – its mission being "to advance One Web that is free and open".

Berners-Lee was knighted in 2004.

Main picture by Paul Clarke.

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