March 30, 2022

Who Invented the Internet?

By Ms. Becki Ockey

As you can probably guess, the internet is so big, and changes so often, that it is really hard to say who invented it exactly. However, what we do know is that It took a team of pioneering scientists, programmers, and engineers to merge their knowledge into the internet that we know today. 

Believe it or not, as far back as the early 1900’s many people were looking to upgrade technology. Even in 1901, Nikola Tesla had envisioned a “World Wireless System” for communication. We can also see that in the 1930s and 1940s there were thoughts of mechanized, searchable storage systems for books and media. 

However, it wasn’t until the 1960’s that the building block of the internet was invented. Scientists created “packet switching,” a form of allowing multiple computers to operate on the same network. Thus, the prototype of the first workable internet, ARPANET, or the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, was born. 

Improvements to the internet continued through the 1970s with faster, and more efficient ways for computers to communicate. The 1980s pushed us even further along as scientists developed a network of networks. Then finally, in the 1990s, a man by the name of Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web that we are familiar with today!