Marc Andreessen and the Development of the Web Browser (Unlocking the Secrets of Science)

Marc Andreessen and the Development of the Web Browser is part of the series, Unlocking the Secrets of Science. This series profiles the achievers of the 20th century in the fields of science, medicine, and technology. Written especially for young adult readers, the series helps place each significant invention, discovery, or development in historical perspective while exploring the life of the person responsible for each breakthrough. No science fiction story even approximates the mystery and suspense contained in these true science biographies.

Marc Andreessen grew up in the 1970s and 1980s when computers were just coming into their own. It was not long before Marc found himself drawn to computer technology. He spent hour after hour at the library reading everything he could about computers. But it would take a British researcher named Tim Berners Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, to cause Andreessen to have a dream of his own.

Originally, the World Wide Web displayed only text. Marc wanted to find a way to make the web more user-friendly. He wanted a program that would make "surfing" the web really fun. Working at the University of Illinois, Marc, along with his friend, Eric Bina, invented "Mosaic", which was the first enhanced web browser. You'll be intrigued with the rest of the story about how this invention led to his partnership with Jim Clark and the development of Netscape.