Eric J. Bina

Co-creator of Mosaic and the co-founder of Netscape


The Internet development. From history to the future

In this session, we will find out what Eric has been doing for the past twenty years and learn what he thinks about current internet trends.


Eric Bina was the co-creator of Mosaic, the first popular web browser, and was a cofounder of Netscape Communications Corporation. In 1993, Eric and then-undergraduate Marc Andreessen wrote the first version of Mosaic while working at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For this, Eric was honored as one of the five inaugural inductees of the World Wide Web Hall of Fame, made a member of the University of Illinois Engineering Hall of Fame, and received the ACM Software System Award. Often referred to as the unsung hero of the early days of the Web, revered by some as a “programming god” and carefully avoided by others for his famously prickly temperament, Eric retired from public view after leaving Netscape.


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