Not many people even know who Berners-Lee is, it should be given more attention in the contribution of making the World Wide Web. Many great thinkers do not receive the credit they deserve for doing some pretty amazing things improving the life of many people. This should not be the case.
From all that I can gather, Tim Berners-Lee really is the mastermind and the idea maker of the world wide web. And the fact that almost no one knows who the man is is very strange; I mean, everyone uses the internet. This guy should be more popular than Steve Jobs ever was.
Aside from jokes that we all know Al Gore invented the Internet, it is true that Tim Berners-Lee should be given more credit in the creation of the World Wide Web, because he had a great deal to do with its creation. He worked on a great deal of specifications, such as URLs and HTMLs. He is a legend in internet development.
Tim Berners-Lee is one of the people that should be given more recognition for the invention of the World Wide Web as we know it today. He proposed the concept in the late 80s as well as being the first person to connect a server. I think it's important people recognize him for his accomplishment.
The web, as we know it today, is an evolution of ARPANET, and the first protocols were developed in the U.S. in the 50's, 60's and 70's. TCP/IP was around long before Tim Berners-Lee was on the scene. His contribution HTML is tremendously important for reading documents in browsers, but packet switching, which is what allows the internet to work, or web to work effectively is not his invention.
Many argue that Tim Berners is the reason that the Web is so effective. That much is true. He is the one that created the standards and protocols that we still use today. His standards of practice remain the building blocks of what we now know as the Internet. He has been given credit for all of this. The major shortcoming of his credit is that he did not come up with the idea. He didn't.