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Brian Behlendorf, 30

Sparked the widespread development of Web servers, mainstreaming the nascent Web


Few people have had as broad an impact on the Web’s development as Brian Behlendorf. In 1993, while an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, Behlendorf set up, one of the earliest non-academic Web sites. In 1994 he led the team that built, the first ad-supported site. That same year, Behlendorf contributed to the development of the Virtual Reality Modeling Language, which added animation, music, and video to what had been a text-laden Web. But Behlendorf’s most important contribution came in 1995 when he founded the Apache Web Server Project, which sparked the proliferation of university and commercial server computers. Apache is a freely available, Unix-based Web server program that is now used to host more than 65 percent of the world’s Web sites; it is unquestionably one of the most important open-source projects in the history of computing. The Apache Software Foundation, which Behlendorf let for three years, now has 700 developers working on 120 projects to improve the Web. In 1999, Behlendorf founded CollabNet, a software firm in Brisbane, CA, that offers Web collaboration toolsl to help companies write software more efficiently.

2003 TR35 Winners

John Apostolopoulos

Develops ways to improve the security of streaming video on the Net

Brian Behlendorf

Sparked the widespread development of Web servers, mainstreaming the nascent Web

Jud Bowman

Wrote software that is accelerating the expansion of wireless networking

Lorrie Cranor

Leads the global effort to improve privacy practices and tools on the Web

Jason Hill

Wrote software that allows hundreds of minute wireless sensors to communicate better

Meg Hourihan

Sparked the rise of the popular Web-based journals known as blogs

Paul Q. Judge

Wrote software that stops spam and viruses before they enter a network

Rasmus Lerdorf

Invented a server language that brought live data to the Web

Lih Y. Lin

Built micromirror switches for faster, all-optical telecommunications networks

Paul Meyer

Brings database and Web-like services to remote areas through touch-tone phones

Rueben Singh

Provides support services and startup money for entrepreneurs

Martin Wattenberg

Simplifies peoples electronic lives with graphical data management

Andrew Wheeler

Builds wireless sensor networks that improve industrial efficiency

Evan Williams

Fueled the expansion of blogs across the Web

Jennifer Yates

Wrote software widely adopted by the telecom industry that speeds up optical networks


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