'Uncle of the Web' dies

Scientist and author helped create web consortium...

Scientist and author helped create web consortium...

Michael Dertouzos, the computer scientist who played a crucial part in establishing the World Wide Web, has died in a Boston hospital aged 64. Dertouzos was director of the Laboratory for Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1974. In 1993, he helped create the World Wide Web consortium to guide the development of the web. Tim Berners-Lee, known as the Father of the Web, and a close friend of Dertouzos, said in a Reuters interview that Dertouzos played an "absolutely key role" in establishing the World Wide Web consortium. Dertouzos, who died after a long illness, wrote a number of books, including The Unfinished Revolution, in which he argued that computers and technology should be made more accessible to "ordinary" people.