Berners-Lee gets "genius grant"]

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Tim, Tim -- he's our man
If he can't do it, no one can!

Yaaaaayyyy, Tim!
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Berners-Lee gets
"genius grant"
By Reuters
Special to CNET NEWS.COM
June 1, 1998, 3:05 p.m. PT

CHICAGO--The founder of the World
Wide Web was among 29 people
awarded a total of $8.5 million in
no-strings-attached "genius grants"

Tim Berners-Lee, 43, of Cambridge,
Massachusetts, was awarded
$270,000 from the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation,
which hailed him for pioneering "a
revolutionary communications system
requiring minimal technical

Berners-Lee is director of the World
Wide Web Consortium, a nonprofit,
member-sponsored organization, and
a principal research scientist at the
Laboratory for Computer Science at
the Massachusetts Institute of

The World Wide Web is made up of
millions of distinct "sites" containing
words, pictures, and music and video
clips, all linked together and
accessible via the global computer
network known as the Internet.

In addition to proposing the initial idea
for the Web, now used by millions
around the world, he designed the
uniform resource locator (URL)
protocol that assigns "addresses" to
individual sites and established the
first Web server on the Internet, the
foundation said.

The Chicago-based foundation hands
out the unrestricted awards to
individuals it feels have demonstrated
genius and creativity to society's
benefit. The latest awards brought to
$156 million the amount of money
awarded since the program began in
1981. There have been 531 winners
ranging in age from 18 to 82.

Individuals may not apply for the
grants. The foundation instead invites
about 100 people each year to serve
as nominators, or "talent scouts" for
the program.

Also named a winner today was
William McDonald, 46, of Douglas,
Arizona, a fifth-generation cattle
rancher. He was awarded $285,000
for leading efforts to create
ecologically responsible cooperation
among government regulatory
agencies, conservationists, scientists,
and ranchers in the West.