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Tim Berners-Lee, MIT

Tim invented the World Wide Web in late 1990 while working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. He wrote the first WWW client (a browser-editor running under NeXTStep) and the first WWW server along with most of the communications software, defining URLs, HTTP and HTML. Prior to his work at CERN, Tim was a founding director of Image Computer Systems, a consultant in hardware and software system design, real-time communications graphics and text processing, and a principal engineer with Plessey Telecommunications in Poole, England. He is a graduate of Oxford University. (, more information)

Nathaniel Borenstein, University of Michigan

Nathaniel Borenstein is a scientist/programmer/inventor/entrepreneur who has been involved in Internet-related innovations since 1980, specializing in e-mail technology, human-computer interaction, and electronic commerce. Currently, he has a new startup company,, for which he is serving as Chairman of the Board and Chief Scientist. He is also a researcher at the School of Information at the University of Michigan., although he has reduced his time commitment there to a minimum while working on his new company. His software projects (notably metamail, Safe-Tcl, and the Andrew Message System) have been and continue to be used by millions of people on a daily basis.He is also a primary author of MIME, the Internet standard multimedia data format, as well as three books, two patents, and numerous articles and Internet RFC documents. He co-founded MessageMedia (formerly First Virtual Holdings) in 1994. (, more information)

Robert Cailliau, CERN

In late 1990, Tim Berners-Lee, a CERN computer scientist invented the World Wide Web. The "Web" as it is affectionately called, was originally conceived and developed for the large high-energy physics collaborations which have a demand for instantaneous information sharing between physicists working in different universities and institutes all over the world. Now it has millions of academic and commercial users. Tim together with Robert Cailliau wrote the first WWW client (a browser-editor running under NeXTStep) and the first WWW server along with most of the communications software, defining URLs, HTTP and HTML. In December 1993 WWW received the IMA award and in 1995 Tim and Robert shared the Association for Computing (ACM) Software System Award for developing the World-Wide Web with M.Andreesen and E.Bina of NCSA. (, more information)

Dale Dougherty, O'Reilly and Associates

Dale Dougherty is the publisher of O'Reilly Network, a technical information service for developers and affiliated with O'Reilly & Associates. O'Reilly Network also produces and He also authors the "Redirect" column for Web Techniques magazine.Previously, he was the publisher of Web Review, an online magazine for Web developers; Editorial Director for Web Techniques print magazine. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). (, more information)

Jim Fruchterman, Benetech

The ultimate technology entrepreneur, Jim Fruchterman has been a rocket scientist, founded the foremost optical character recognition manufacturer, and developed a successful line of reading machines. Fruchterman co-founded Calera Recognition Systems in 1982. Calera developed character recognition that would allow computers to read virtually all printed text. In 1989, Fruchterman founded Arkenstone, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social enterprise, to produce reading machines for the disabled community based on the Calera technology. Following the sale of the Arkenstone product line in 2000, Fruchterman used all of the resulting capital to found Benetech, with an explicit goal to use power of technology to serve humanity. Fruchterman has also been active in public service, with two stints on U.S. federal advisory committees. Fruchterman is also cofounder, director and chief financial officer for RAF Technology, Inc., America's leading high-end OCR technology company, used by the United States Postal Service to route the mail. Jim believes that technology is the ultimate leveler, allowing disadvantaged people achieve more equality in society. He notes with pride, "I'm a scout for social applications, finding exciting technology waiting to be turned into non-commercial tools."  (, more information)

Kevin Hughes, Web History Project

30-year-old Kevin Hughes is an internationally-recognized pioneer in Web design and software. Hughes started Hawaii's first Web server at Honolulu Community College in May of 1993. One of only six members of the World Wide Web Hall of Fame, in March of 1994 Hughes was presented the award by Tim-Berners Lee (the recognized inventor of the Web) at the First International World Wide Web conference in Geneva.

Hughes has worked with the World Wide Web Consortium on the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) standard and holds three patents for the interface for VeriFone's vWallet, their consumer wallet application. He also developed "imagemap," which allows images on the Web to have multiple clickable regions. Hughes' many other "Firsts" include:

  • First campus-wide information service on the Web;
  • First online cable TV listings on the Web (for the Jones Cable Network);
  • First shopping site (for the Internet Shopping Network);
  • First site for CommerceNet, the first ecommerce consortium;
  • First Web presence for Wells Fargo and BankOne (now CitiBank).

Kevin Hughes is a Senior Software Engineer for Commerce One in Cupertino, California, and is a resident of Honolulu. (, more information)

Paul Kunz, SLAC

Paul Kunz received his Ph. D. from Princeton University in 1968 and first went to CERN that year to do an experiment as a member of the Saclay group. In 1971 he went on to Michigan State and worked on one of the first experiments at Fermilab. He joined SLAC in 1974 where he has been ever since. In the late 1970s, Paul invented the 168/E emulators and the concept of event processing via parallel processor farms. He has been a pioneer amongst physics colleagues in adopting new computer technologies. In 1991 after seeing a demonstration of WWW while on a visit to CERN, he returned to SLAC and installed the first Web site in the United States. (Paul_Kunz@SLAC.Stanford.EDU, more information)

Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University

Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at the Stanford Law School. He was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. From 1991 to 1997, he was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1989, and then clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Lessig teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, contracts, comparative constitutional law, and the law of cyberspace. His book, Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace, is published by Basic Books. In 1999-2000, he was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. (, more information)

Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly and Associates

Tim O'Reilly is founder and president of O'Reilly & Associates, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to publishing pioneering books like Ed Krol's The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog (selected by the New York Public Library as one of the most significant books of the twentieth century), O'Reilly has also been a pioneer in the popularization of the Internet. O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator site (GNN, which was sold to America Online in September 1995) was the first Web portal and the first true commercial site on the World Wide Web. O'Reilly continues to pioneer new content developments on the Web via it's O'Reilly Network affiliate, which also manages sites such as and O'Reilly's conference arm hosts the popular Perl Conference, the Open Source Software Convention, and a Java Enterprise Conference. Tim has been an activist for internet standards and for Open Source software. He has led successful public relations campaigns on behalf of key internet technologies, helping to block Microsoft's 1996 limits on TCP/IP in NT Workstation, organizing the " summit" of key free software leaders where the term "Open Source" was first widely agreed upon, and, most recently, organizing a series of protests against frivolous software patents. Tim received Infoworld's Industry Achievement Award in 1998 for his advocacy on behalf of the Open Source community. (, more information)

Robert M. Panoff, The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.

Robert M. Panoff is founder and Executive Director of The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc., a non-profit education and research corporation dedicated to reform and improvement of mathematics and science education by appropriate incorporation of computational and communication technologies. Shodor is a funded partner of the Education Outreach and Training Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (eot-PACI) with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the National Computational Science Alliance. 

As principal investigator on several NSF and US Department of Education grants that seek to explore the interaction of high performance computing technologies and education, he works to develop interactive simulations with supporting materials which combine supercomputing resources and desktop computers. Besides developing and teaching new courses in Information Technologies, Dr. Panoff continues an active research program in computational condensed matter physics while defining and implementing educational initiatives at the Shodor Foundation. His research specialties are stochastic optimization, quantum simulations of strongly-correlated systems, and computational science education. (rpanoff@shodor.orgmore information)

Simon Phipps, Sun Microsystems

Simon Phipps is Chief Software Evangelist for Sun Microsystems. He is responsible for expounding and explaining the 'big picture' of software. In particular, his industry experience gives him unique insight into how open technologies like Java, XML, TCP/IP and JINI build together to form the foundation for dot-com computing in the 21st century. Fascinated by the idea of 'action at a distance', he worked with OSI standards in the eighties, on the first commercial collaborative conferencing software in the nineties, and helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM. He joined Sun in mid-2000. He holds a degree in electronic engineering and is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the British Computer Society. He is a popular speaker at conferences due not only to his mastery of technical content but for his engaging and entertaining style. (, more information)

Chris Quigg, FermiLab

FERMILAB THEORETICAL PHYSICIST CHRIS QUIGG is internationally known for his studies of heavy quarks and his insights into particle interactions at ultrahigh energies. He has been Visiting Professor at cole Normale Suprieure, Cornell, and Princeton; Erwin Schrdinger Professor at the University of Vienna; and Scholar-in-Residence at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center. Professor Quigg holds degrees from Yale and Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society. The author of a celebrated textbook on particle physics, he is Chair of the Division of Particle and Fields of the American Physical Society and Editor of the Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science. On first seeing a demonstration of the Web, he failed utterly to imagine its potential. A short time later, he could not live without it. To do penance for his stupendous lack of vision, he prepared for The Once and Future Web by walking the Chemin de St.-Jacques from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Cahors. (, more information)

Paul Saffo, Institute for the Future

Paul is a technology forecaster studying long-term information technology trends and their impact on business and society. His essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Harvard Business Review, Wired Magazine, Civilization Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Fortune Magazine, as well as other more specialized periodicals. Paul is the author of Dreams in Silicon Valley and The Road From Trinity, both of which are available in Japan. He was a 1997 McKinsey Judge for the Harvard Business Review, and in the same year was named one of one hundred "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum. Paul serves on a variety of boards and advisory panels, including the AT&T Technology Advisory Board, the World Economic Forum Global Issues Group, and the Stanford Law School Advisory Council on Science, Technology and Society. Paul holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University. IFTF is a 30-year old foundation that provides strategic planning and forecasting services to major corporations. (, more information)

Tiffany Shlain, The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences

Tiffany Shlain is the Founder and Director of The Webby Awards, and Co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. The Webby Awards honor the best web sites and individual achievements in creativity and technology. Recently honored as one of Newsweek's "Women of the 21st Century" (January 8, 2001) Tiffany appears regularly on ABC's Good Morning America as their Internet expert. In addition to The Webbys, she lectures worldwide on how technology influences our culture - identifying trends in entertainment, design, communication and business. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Commonwealth Club of California and sits on the advisory board for Comdex. (, more information)

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