Sir Timothy Berners-Lee to Receive Pathfinder Award

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: (617) 495-1115
Date: February 11, 2008

Cambridge, MA – Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, one of the fathers of the World Wide Web, will receive the Pathfinder Awardfrom the Leadership for a Networked World (LNW) Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Governmenton February 13. The award ceremony will be held at the School’s Malkin Penthouse beginning at 7 pm.

The Pathfinder Award is given to public leaders who have dramatically improved government by strategically using the growing capacity of information technologies.

"Good governance seeks to insure that human interactions serve the community as well as those directly involved. What Tim has done, through his invention of the World Wide Web, has resulted in a huge shift in when, where, and with whom we interact. Because of the web, we see dramatically different patterns of social, economic, and political behavior. The web is thus redefining what we mean by ‘community’ and -- arguably -- the requirements and nature of government and governance," said Jerry Mechling, faculty director of LNW.

Berners-Lee is director of the World Wide Web Consortium; senior researcher at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) at MIT; and professor of computer science at the University of Southampton. He invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. He has been the recipient of several international awards including the Japan Prize and the Millennium Technology Prize. He was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth in 2004.


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