The UOC confers Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, father of the World Wide Web, with an honorary doctorate

Tim Berners-Lee graduated in Physics from the Queen's College, Oxford University, in 1976 and went on to invent the World Wide Web in 1990, as well as the first web browser and the first web server, with the aim of creating a digital network of content to be shared using a combination of hypertext and the internet.

In 1994, he founded the World Wide Web Consortium at the Laboratory of Computer Science (LCS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since then, he has been its Director, in charge of coordinating worldwide development of the web, alongside teams at MIT, Europe’s ERCIM and Japan’s Keio University. The World Wide Web Consortium is in charge of defining and coordinating standards and recommendations to guarantee and maintain the quality of the web. One of the main characteristics of his work – a fact that has made the internet and WWW so popular – is his constant use of open and free standards and tools. From the World Wide Web Consortium he continues to promote his view of the WWW as a force to catalyse social change and individual creativity.

His undeniable contribution to the development of information technologies and, in particular, their social spread has led to his receiving numerous international academic awards. Highlights include: Member of the Royal Society, the Prince of Asturias Award, Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Arts and, in 2004, Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, among many others.

He is the author of Weaving the Web, a work which analyses the past, present and future of the web, as well as many other important publications.

Investiture ceremony live on the internet

The investiture ceremony can be followed live on the internet via the University portal’s videostreaming channel from 12 noon to 2pm. Likewise, as in previous years, a video summary of the ceremony will be uploaded to the UOC’s Honoris Causa website, alongside a selection of photographs and related documents, including the laudatio and speeches.

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