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Louis J. Montulli II

Last Edit: 26/07/17

Louis J. Montulli II was born in 1971, and studied at the Southeast High School, Wichita, Kankas. Montulli became a student of the University of Kansas in the late 1980's.

Lou Montulli, designed the Lynx browser, and was a key person in helping to popularise the early web.
(Pictured: Louis J. Montulli II)

Lou Montulli is one of the pioneers of web browser development: the World Wide Web was launched as a live service in 1991, and the first web browser was designed Tim Berners-Lee - who also invented the World Wide Web. The browser designed by Berners-Lee was a basic greyscale application, and it wasn't long before software developers began to design web browsers. Amongst the first browsers designed for the World Wide Web was Lynx: which was designed by a team of University of Kansas student that included Louis Montulli. Lynx was developed during 1991-1992, and it was developed for the World Wide Web when it's existence was relatively unknown amongst the general public. Montulli was responsible for designing many new innovations for web browsers: such as developing the first web proxy.

Montulli graduated from the University of Kansas, moved to California, and continued to develop web browsers for Mosaic Communications. Mosaic was a web browser, released in 1993, that is credited with popularising the web, and showcasing many of the features that would become the 'staples' of web browsers. Mosaic Communications was renamed as Netscape Communications Corporation in 1994, and the Mosaic browser became the Netscape Navigator browser. Montulli was one of the leading software engineers for Netscape, and he is credited as being the inventor/innovator that suggested the use of cookies in a web browser: accurately referred to as a HTTP cookie. Cookies were an innovation that aimed to help ecommerce websites - that used shopping cart software - save settings and track shopping habits of their customers. On the 30th of June, 1998, Montulli was awarded a U.S. patent for HTTP cookies (patent number US5774670), that was officially titled as a patent for: persistent client state in a hypertext transfer protocol based client-server system.

Montulli has contributed to the development of HTTP and HTML - key components of the World Wide Web - and has contributed to W3C working groups. Since leaving Netscape in the late 1990's, Montulli has been employed as a software engineer for many prominent websites, such as: Epinions