The World Wide Web Celebrates Anniversary of Milestone

March 16, 2009

The world's first web serverIt was twenty years ago that two scientist working at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland, developed a plan for a computer network combining hypertext, and the Internet, that evolved into what we know today as the World Wide Web, or simply, the Web.

According to English physicist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who with Robert Cailliau, a Belgian computer scientist, laid the groundwork for the now ubiquitous Web, "The exact date, I'll have to admit, is sort of a created one because I can't remember which day it was I actually wrote the darn thing. I probably was thinking of it all through February."

It was not until late in 1990 that they were able to put theory into practice, and establish the Web between two computers at CERN. Burners-Lee wrote the original software: a browser called WorldWideWeb, and a web server, later known as CERN HTTPd. The original web server (pictured above), was a NeXT Cube, running NeXTSTEP.