The Internet is 20 this month

While working at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern), former physicist - and now Sir - Tim Berners-Lee produced a proposal that was to lay the foundations of the modern day internet.
Berners-Lee was looking to facilitate automatic information sharing between scientists working in different universities and institutes around the world.
In March 1989 he handed a document to his supervisor entitled
Information Management: a Proposal. The paper described what would, the following year, become the world wide web.
Giving Berners-Lee the green light to take his proposal forward, his supervisor Mike Sendall described it as "vague but exciting".
Source: http://management.silicon.com/itpro/0,39024675,39406830,00.htm