The Internet is a powerful tool, and over the past few decades, it has grown from something only a few people knew about, to something present in nearly every home in America and across the world. A collection of influential people and corporations came together, to create the amazing empire of the Internet.
J.C.R. Licklider and Leonard Kleinrock came together in the 1960's to develop a method of connecting computers together for military and defense purposes.
Ray Tomlinson developed the email system in use today, using the @ symbol.
Al Gore is the butt of many jokes because of the claim that he invented the Internet. Although he did not invent the Internet, he has long been an advocate of its use and expansion. He served in Congress in the early beginnings of the Internet, and had a lot to do with its promotion.
Tim Berners-Lee is the man behind the HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol) used to load websites today.
Peter Deutsch created the first indexer, or web catalog, an ancestor to modern day search engines, called Archie.
Marc Andreessen developed the first graphical browser, called Mosiac.
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, created the Internet browser, Internet Explorer, first with Windows 98. It continues to be a commonly used web browser today.
Delphi was the first service to commercially offer Internet service to the public, starting in 1992.
America Online, Compuserve, and Prodigy were behind Delphi in offering commercial Internet to consumers until the advent of high speed Internet.
Bob Metcalfe created the Ethernet technology that many computers, modems, and routers use to connect to the Internet today.
Michael Dertouzos, a professor at MIT, was a pioneer of the World Wide Web Consortium.
Google, the world's most popular search engine today, changed the way people find things on the Internet. It was first created in 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.