Honorary Doctorate Sir Berners-Lee

The VU University has granted an honorary doctorate to Sir Timothy Berners-Lee. This doctorate was awarded to him on the 20th of October 2009, during the 129th Dies Natalis at the VU.

07/24/2009 | 9:00 AM

The honorary doctorate has been given to him for his essential contributions to the development, introduction and growth of the World Wide Web, which has a huge impact on the social, economical, cultural and public life.

He had the vision of an worldwide mesh of interconnected information, and designed the foundations of the world-wide web as we know it today. He was the first person to take the hypertext idea and connect in to the TCP protocol. Combined with a DNS service this resulted in the first instance of the World Wide Web.


With this doctorate, the VU recognizes the personal commitment of Berners-Lee for the universal accessibility for everyone to this worldwide information network.

Sir Berners-Lee was nominated by the Faculty of Exact Science to receive this doctorate. The faculty has a leading role in research about the web and is working often with Sir Berners-Lee on topics like the semantic web.