The world was different 20 years ago. German radio reported these days that many teenagers have only a vague idea that back then, Germany was cut in half by a daunting wall. On a lighter note, today's kids may also have difficulties to imagine that there was no WorldWideWeb at that time.
But can you believe it? The beginnings of the wonderfully worldwide web go back to the time when the Iron Curtain was still dividing Europe.
In March 1989, English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, then working at CERN, had set himself a bold task. As he had noted, Many of the discussions of the future at CERN and the LHC era end with the question - "Yes, but how will we ever keep track of such a large project?". So, he prepared a proposal to provide an answer to such questions. He introduced the idea of linked information systems and suggested steps we should take to involve ourselves with hypertext now.
His boss, Mike Sendall, sympathetically judged these ideas as ‘vague, but exciting’, and Tim Berners-Lee was allowed to continue following his vision. With the help of his colleague Robert Cailliau and a few students, he created the World Wide Web, designed and built the first web browser, and developed and started the first Web server, CERN HTTPd.
The rest is history.