Birthday of the World Wide Web

On August 6, 1991, British computer scientist, Tim Berners-Lee created the first website in a novel idea of connecting hypertext to the Internet to create something called the World Wide Web.

Berners-Lee, who was a consultant at the European Organization for Nuclear Research at the time, had repeatedly suggested that a marriage between the two technologies was possible, but when no one took up his invitation, he finally assumed the project himself.

He and Belgian computer scientist Robert Calliau used hypertext “to link and access information of various kinds as a web of nodes in which the user can browse at will.” The first website was launched August 6, 1991, 27 years ago today. It is still live today and you can visit it here.

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee is currently director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which is responsible for the development of the Web and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, an organization advocating for a free and accessible Web.


This “historical” logo was created by Robert Calliiau in 1990 using three W of the Optima Bold font.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.