September 29, 1954: CERN Is Formed

Today in 1954, the European Organization for Nuclear Research was formed. The acronym CERN comes from the original French name, Conseil européen pour la recherche nucléaire. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. CERN houses the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, and is open to scientists and researchers from any of its 22 member states. Numerous scientific discoveries and breakthroughs related to particle physics have since come from CERN. It is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web.

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August 23, 1991: The World Wide Web Becomes Public

Today in 1991, the World Wide Web was released publicly. It would go on to become a central aspect of the development of the Information Age. The World Wide Web was originally invented in 1989 by English engineer Tim Berners-Lee while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Of his invention, Berners-Lee remarked, "Most of the technology involved in the web, like the hypertext, like the internet, multifont text objects, had all been designed already. I just had to put them together. It was a step of generalising, going to a higher level of abstraction, thinking about all the documentation systems out there…

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