i came across this interesting article about the history of the earliest web browsers and thought it was worth sharing. i had originally heard of Tim Berners-Lee some time last year from an article about the his new solid project. the article briefly touches on his creation of the world wide web and its first browser (image below).
after that it goes on to describe the creation of several different browsers (most on separate systems or written in project-specific programming languages) before culminating in the release of Mosaic Netscape in 1994.
i specifically liked this final thought:
But what this complex story reminds is that is that no innovation is created by one person. The Web browser was propelled into our lives by visionaries around the world, people who often didn’t quite understand what they were doing, but were motivated by curiosity, practical concerns, or even playfulness. Their separate sparks of genius kept the process going. So did Tim Berners-Lee’s insistence that the project stay collaborative and, most importantly, open.