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World wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee to join Oxford University

The University of Oxford has appointed Tim Berners-Lee as a professor at its computer science department

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, is set to join the University of Oxford’s department of computer science as a professor, working alongside his long-time research collaborator Nigel Shadbolt as a member of Christ Church college.

Berners-Lee, who graduated from the university 40 years ago with a degree in physics, invented the world wide web in 1989 at CERN in Switzerland when he created a system for sharing and distributing information over computer networks by joining hypertext language with the nascent internet.

He has since become a leading authority on the web as it has moved from a niche application to a crucial cog in human society, and a leading advocate for its continued openness and freedom.

Mike Wooldridge, head of computer science at Oxford, said: “Few living individuals have changed our world as profoundly as Tim did with his invention of the world wide web. We are delighted and honoured to welcome Tim back to Oxford and are tremendously excited about what we will be able to do together in the years to come.”

Christ Church dean Martyn Piercy added: “We are delighted that Tim Berners-Lee will be joining us. As one of the most significant innovators and scholars of our time, his work with us here in Oxford will continue to consolidate our standing as the world’s top university.

“Christ Church also intends to appoint a new associate professor in computer science to enhance our collaboration with the department, and hopes to offer at least three undergraduate places per year in the subject.”

Berners-Lee, who is also a full-time professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, will continue to work on shaping the future of the web through his work with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the World Wide Web Foundation.

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