Nicola Pellow with Tim Berners-Lee in their office at CERN in Switzerland
|Alma mater||Leicester Polytechnic|
|Known for||Line Mode Browser|
Nicola Pellow was one of the nineteen members of the WWW Project at CERN working with Tim Berners-Lee. She joined the project in November 1990, while an undergraduate math student enrolled in a sandwich course at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University). Pellow recalled having little experience with programming languages, "... apart from using a bit of Pascal and FORTRAN as part of my degree course."
Almost immediately after Berners-Lee completed the WorldWideWeb web browser for the NeXT platform, Pellow was tasked with creating a browser, after a quick lesson in C programming. She wrote the generic Line Mode Browser that could run on non-NeXT systems. The WWW team began to improve on her work, creating several experimental versions. Pellow was involved in porting the browser to different types of computers.
She left CERN at the end of August 1991, and was president of Leicester Polytechnic Caving Club in her final year, but returned to CERN after graduating in 1992, and worked with Robert Cailliau on MacWWW, the first web browser for the classic Mac OS.
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- A screenshot from TBL's first web browser
- A view from Nicola Pellow's line mode browser
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