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Professor Tim Berners-Lee was born in London in 1955. He graduated in Physics at the Queens's College of Oxford University in 1976. After graduating he worked in Telecommunications in Ltd Plessey first and D. G. Nash later. In 1986 he first stayed for six months at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, where he developed the storage program Enquire., Which was never published, but laid the conceptual foundations of the future World Wide Web.  Back to England he worked at John Poole Image Computer Systems Ltd until 1984, when he won a fellowship to return to CERN. Working in multiple developments until 1989 that continues to develop the idea of extending hypertext to the network and send in March a proposal to his boss Mike Sendall, called "information management proposal" his boss described as "vague, but exciting". While continuing to explore the idea, he could not begin the development until he had convinced his boss to buy him a NeXT computer in September 1990. At Christmas of that year he had already developed the first viewer and editor-wysiwyg for Web pages, called "WorldWideWeb" and the first server, called "httpd" which was capable of serving HTML documents as well as content ftp from info. in 1990 he began his collaboration with Robert Cailliau, that enthusiasm with potential World Wide Web. The World Wide Web was the friendly and collaborative container that Internet information needed to allow widespread access to the network. After early years of consolidation, the use of Web began to grow at a rapid pace, becoming the engine of growth of the Internet in business and in society in general. The architecture of the World Wide Web, based on URLs, HTTP and HTML, revolutionized the development of applications. The Universal Resource Locator or URL created a universal addressing space able to reference each resource that exists on the Internet, which could be retrieved via HTTP. And HTML allowed the easy creation of hypertext documents for publication and the Internet link. But this was only the beginning, because new Web applications rapidly began to appear on the Internet. Tim Berners-Lee The use of hyperlinks on the network had multiple uses in applications, enabling new forms of knowledge and information comparison, collaborations with global scope, managing social relationships or access to remote services; having produced profound changes in the organization of enterprises, as well as personal, private, and public relations. During the last 20 years the Web has created a pillar on which is growing a new social dimension: the network society. This spectacular growth process has been coordinated by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Tim Berners-Lee created in 1994 at the MIT with the following mission: "To lead the World Wide Web to develop its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth of the web "Since then, Tim Berners-Lee has continued its commitment to the development of the web, not only as director of the W3C, but has actively participated in technical developments, such as the web or semantically linked data movement, whose incorporation into the web is one of its main challenges. In 1999, he became the first director of the 3Com Founders Chair at the MIT-CSAIL. In addition 3Com Founders is Professor at the School of Engineering at MIT. In December 2004 he was also appointed professor of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Southampton in the UK. He is also co-director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), which was launched in 2006 with the aim of obtaining a greater understanding of what the Web, prepare their future and to ensure that a social benefit produced. Tim Berners-Lee has received numerous awards, most prestigious, related to their work in developing the Web, including the ACM Software Systems Award, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award, Knight of the British Empire, the Die Quadriga Prize, Japan Prize Prince of Asturias Award for Science and Technology and many more. It has also been invested Doctor "Honoris Causa" by many universities. During all these years it has been and remains a key person for the evolution of Web. Professor Tim Berners-Lee was awarded honorary doctorates by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid proposal from the E.T.S. Telecommunications Engineers, on 21 April 2009. He acted as godfather Juan Quemada.