A pioneer from the early days of the Internet will speak Thursday (April 3) at West Virginia University.

Theodor Holm Nelson, credited with coining the termhypertextand developing Project Xanadu, an early hypertext project, will deliver a talk titledBeyond Paper Simulation.

The free, public lecture will take place at 8 p.m. in Room 113 of the Mineral Resources Building on WVU s Evansdale Campus.

Nelson earned a bachelors degree in philosophy from Swarthmore College in 1959, a masters in sociology from Harvard University in 1963 and a doctorate in media and governance from Keio University in 2002.

In 1998, at the Seventh International World Wide Web Conference in Australia, he was awarded the Yur Rubinsky Memorial Award. In 2004, he was appointed a fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, and associated with the Oxford Internet Institute, where he still conducts research.

Ted Nelson has spent his life trying to improve computing for the common person. When the opportunity to bring him to WVU came up, we couldnt refuse,said Gregory Gay, president of the student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery.Were really excited to learn more about his work and his fascinating vision of the future of the Internet.

For more information, e-mail gregoryg@csee.wvu.edu .