A report on WorldWideWeb and Nicola Pellow

WorldWideWeb, c. undefined 1994
Nicola Pellow with Tim Berners-Lee in their office at CERN in Switzerland, 1992
WorldWideWeb, c. undefined 1994

Almost immediately after Berners-Lee completed the WorldWideWeb web browser for the NeXT platform Pellow was tasked with creating a browser using her recently acquired skills in the C programming language.

- Nicola Pellow

By this time, several others, including Bernd Pollermann, Robert Cailliau, Jean-François Groff, and visiting undergraduate student Nicola Pellow – who later wrote the Line Mode Browser – were involved in the project.

- WorldWideWeb
WorldWideWeb, c. undefined 1994

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Line Mode Browser displaying the German Wikipedia

Line Mode Browser

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Second web browser ever created.

Second web browser ever created.

Line Mode Browser displaying the German Wikipedia
Line Mode Browser displaying the German Wikipedia

In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee had already written the first browser, WorldWideWeb (later renamed to Nexus), but that program only worked on the proprietary software of NeXT computers, which were in limited use.

The team recruited Nicola Pellow, a math student intern working at CERN, to write a "passive browser" so basic that it could run on most computers of that time.

Traditional browser arrangement: UI features above page content

Web browser

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Application software for accessing the World Wide Web or a local website.

Application software for accessing the World Wide Web or a local website.

Traditional browser arrangement: UI features above page content
Nicola Pellow and Tim Berners-Lee in 1992
Marc Andreessen, lead developer of Mosaic and Navigator, in 2007

The first web browser, called WorldWideWeb, was created in 1990 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

He then recruited Nicola Pellow to write the Line Mode Browser, which displayed web pages on dumb terminals.