Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Timothy John Berners-Lee

Dr. Timothy John Berners-Lee

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Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2002 Japan Prize

Major Awards and Honors Received

1995 Kilby Foundation’s “Young Innovator of the Year” Award
1995 ACM Software Systems Award
1996 ACM Kobayashi Award
1996 IEEE Computer Society Wallace McDowell Award
1996 Computers and Communication (C&C) Award
1997 Duddell Medal of the Institute of Physics
1997 Interactive Association’s Distinguished Service Award
1997 MCI Computerworld/Smithsonian Award for Leadership in Innovation
1997 International Communication Institute’s Columbus Prize
1997 Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1998 Charles Babbage Award
1998 Mountbatten Medal of the National Electronics Council
1998 The Lord Lloyd of Kilgerran Prize
1998 PC Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award in Technical Excellence
1998 Eduard Rhein Technology Award
1999 World Technology Award for Communication Technology
2000 Paul Evan Peters Award
2000 George R. Stibitz Computer Pioneer Award at the American Computer Museum
2000 Special Award for Outstanding Contribution of the World Television Forum
2000 Royal Medal of the Royal Society

Honorary Doctorates Received

1996 Parsons School of Design, New York
1996 Southampton University
1998 Essex University
2000 Open University
2001 Columbia University
2001 University of Oxford

Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies

Distinguished Fellow, British Computing Society
Honorary Fellow, Institute of Electrical Engineering
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Fellow, Royal Society
The 3Com Founders Chair, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science

Academic Degrees

1976 B.A. Queen’s College, University of Oxford

Professional Career

1976-1978 Research Engineer, Plessey Telecommunications Ltd., UK
1978-1980 Software Engineer, D.G. Nash Ltd., UK
1980-1981 Software Consultant, UK
Consultant Software Engineer at CERN (June-December,1980)
[CERN: Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire (European Council for Nuclear Research), Geneva, Switzerland]
1981-1984 Director in Technical Design, Image Computer Systems Ltd. UK
1984-1993 Research Fellow, CERN
1994- present Director, World Wide Web Consortium
1999- present Senior Research Scientist, Laboratory for Computer Science, M.I.T.


  • Senior Research Scientist, Laboratory for Computer Science, M.I.T.

Major Publications and Scientific Papers

  • Berners-Lee, T.J., Information Management: A Proposal, Document at CERN, 1990 (Original document to propose the idea of the World Wide Web. A copy of this document is available at Timothy Berners-Lee’s homepage.)
  • Berners-Lee, T.J., et al, “World-Wide Web: Information Universe”, Electronic Publishing: Research, Applications and Policy, April 1992
  • Berners-Lee, T.J., et al, “The World Wide Web”, Communications of the ACM, August 1994.
  • Tim Berners-Lee with Mark Fischetti, Weaving the Web, Harper, San Francisco, 1999
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