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Top ICT Role Model in the World Print
February 2008

The biggest semi-conductor company in the world is Intel Incorporated and it is also the biggest supplier of central processing units (CPU) to computer makers.  Intel recently nominated 45 persons for being the most influential on our technology development over the last 150 years.  The event may be for trumpet blowing, but we think the top person nominated is indeed some one whom we should know as he is a good role model for our students and teachers.  Let us learn about the top person here.

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989 while he worked at the famous European Particle Physics Laboratory (CERN) in Switzerland.  He wrote the first web client and server software in the world and various specifications for web communication such as Universal Resource Locator (URL), Hyper Text Transport Protocol (HTTP), Hyper Text Medium Language (HTML) etc.  He founded the WWW Consortium in 1994 and is still its director.  Currently Tim works as a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA.  He graduated from Oxford University in England in Physics in 1976 and built his own computer with a solder gun whilst studying.

Many schools teach the use of WWW such as designing web pages and building websites.  How many teach the technology itself?  How many provide stimulation to students in IT hardware and facilitate student developments in IT? Some schools have embarked on courses for building computers but they are by far the minority.  Compucon advocates the teaching of information technologies to encompass both applications and the technology itself, and will be very happy to provide inputs to schools in this respect.