The British invented much of the Internet

Summary:BBC News reports that many Internet technologies were pioneered by British researchers...

It wasn't Al Gore after all. The British invented the Internet, or rather key technologies which make up the Internet.

Take a look at this article on BBC News about early British computer pioneers.

By splitting data into packets and threading them on the same line, the carrying capacity of that link could be boosted and the whole network made more powerful.

Roger Scantlebury, who worked with Dr Davies, presented the ideas about "packet switching" to a conference in the US, where they were picked up by the creators of the nascent Arpanet, the fledgling internet.

Does that mean Britain invented the internet?

"Yes and no," said Mr Scantlebury. "Certainly the underlying technology of the internet, which is packet switching, we did invent."

British researchers also worked on hyperlinks...

David Yates was project manager of a program called Scrapbook which rolled together word processing, e-mail and hypertext - a system that incorporated many elements of the World Wide Web.

Scrapbook went live on 28 April 1971...Scrapbook helped people across the 28 acres of the NPL campus collaborate or projects without having to sit next to each other.

Tim Berners-Lee, is a Brit and he invented the world wide web... So maybe the British did invent the Internet but with typical British modesty, didn't want to blow their own horn. At least until now.

Topics: Browser

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