Member Rara Avis
November, 1990 (CERN): Mike Sendall buys a NeXT cube, the new computer system pioneered by former Apple star Steve Jobs, and gives it to Tim Berners-Lee. Using NeXT's object-oriented technology, Berners-Lee's prototype of a web browser is implemented in the space of a few months. This prototype offers true WYSIWYG browsing and authoring.
The prototype is very impressive, but the NeXTStep system is not widely spread. In 1991, a simplified, stripped-down version (with no editing facilities) that can be easily adapted to any computer is constructed: the Portable "Line-Mode Browser". About this same time, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California, becomes the first Web server in the US. By the time the portable browser is released by CERN as freeware in 1992, there are a total of 50 web servers throughout the world.
In 1993, Marc Andreessen, then an employee of NCSA in Illinois, released a version of his new, handsome, point-and-click graphical browser for the Web, designed to run on Unix machines. In August of the same year, Andreessen and his co-workers at the center released free versions for Macintosh and Windows. In December, Andreessen left the NCSA and moved to California, where he met Jim Clark, founder of SGI. In March, 1994, Andreessen and Clark flew back to Illinois and invited about half a dozen of the NCSA's main Mosaic developers over for a chat. By May, virtually the entire ex-NCSA development group was working for Mosaic Communications - the company that would soon change its name to Netscape.
(p.s.The best history of the Web, IMHO.)