History of the FNAL website

On this site (www.fnal.gov) was established in June 1992 either the second or third website in the United States. The World Wide Web was born at CERN in Europe in 1991 as a tool for exchanging particle physics data. The first U.S. webserver was created at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in December 1991.

In June 1992, Fermilab's Computing Division installed its first webserver, at about the same time as a similar installation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In late 1992, Computing Division staff created Fermilab's first html page.

In 1992, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois launched mosaic, a graphical interface Web browser that made the Web navigable for people without computer expertise.

In February 1994, Fermilab created the laboratory's first pages designed for the public. The public website had 12,000 hits on April 27, the day after the announcement of the first evidence for the top quark.

In August 1996, the laboratory redesigned its growing volume of public webpages.
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A complete overhaul of the Fermilab website appeared on March 1, 2001, and its design and the tehcnology behind its webpages has been updated several times since then.


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