This is where the Web was born!


Tim Berners-Lee is the primary inventor of the World Wide Web, making his first proposal on it in March 1989. He wrote the original Web software in 1990 and made it available on the Internet in 1991.

Web architect David Galbraith wrote to Berners-Lee, looking for the exact location where the Web was invented. “The reason I’m interested in this is that recognizing the exact places involved in the birth of the web is a celebration of knowledge itself rather than belief, opinion or allegiance, both politically and spiritually neutral and something that everyone can potentially enjoy and feel a part of,” David wrote on his blog.

According to Berners-Lee:

I wrote the proposal, and developed the code in Building 31.

I was on the second (in the European sense) floor, if you come out of the elevator (a very slow freight elevator at the time anyway) and turn immediately right you would then walk into one of the two offices I inhabited. The two offices (which of course may have been rearranged since then) were different sizes: the one to the left (a gentle R turn out of the elevator) benefited from extra length as it was by neither staircase nor elevator.

The one to the right (or a sharp R turn out of the elevator) was shorter and the one I started in. I shared it for a long time with Claude Bizeau.

I think I wrote the memo there.

Since we should celebrate the people that matter like the inventor of the Web, this story is really worth telling. Thanks David for this great post!



  1. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…If it wasn’t for Tim, I wouldn’t be in business. How many others would this also apply to?

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