Conway Berners-Lee

Birth Name: Conway Maurice Berners-Lee

Date of Birth: 10 September, 1921

Place of Birth: Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 1 February, 2019

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, remote French

Conway Berners-Lee was an English mathematician and computer scientist. He was part of the team that developed the first commercial stored program electronic computer, the Ferranti Mark 1.

He was the son of Helen Lane Campbell (Gray) and Maj. Cecil Burford Berners Lee. His mother was Canadian, and was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Conway was married to mathematician Mary Lee Woods, until her death, with whom he had four children, including engineer and computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, and researcher and writer on greenhouse gases Mike Berners-Lee.

Conway’s paternal grandfather was Berners Burford Lee (the son of The Rev. Charles Lee and Sarah Ann Mansfield). Conway’s grandfather Berners was born in Leicester, Leicestershire. The Rev. Charles was the son of William Lee, a wine merchant, and of Mary. Sarah was the daughter of John Mansfield, a wine merchant, and of Mary Bullock.

Conway’s paternal grandmother was named Gertrude Agnes P. Tegner. Gertrude was born in Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Conway’s maternal grandfather was John S. Gray (the son of John Gray/Grey and Nancy Cummings). Conway’s grandfather John was born in Heckston, South Gower Township, Grenville County, Ontario. Conway’s great-grandfather John was an Irish immigrant.

Conway’s maternal grandmother was Adelaide Lane (the daughter of Charles Lane and Lucinda Taplin). Adelaide was born in Augusta Township, Grenville County, Ontario. Lucinda’s own parents, Henry Taplin and Melinda Huntley, were American.

Sources: Genealogies of Conway Berners-Lee –

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