Eric Bina

Eric Bina
Born Eric J. Bina
(1964-10-25) October 25, 1964
Champaign, Illinois
Occupation programmer
Years active 1991–2011
Known for co–founder of Mosaic, and Netscape
Awards ACM Software System Award

Eric J. Bina (born October 1964) is the co-creator of Mosaic and the co-founder of Netscape. In 1993, Bina along with Marc Andreessen authored the first version of Mosaic while working as a programmer at National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Bina attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating from there with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1986 and a Master's degree in 1988. He joined NCSA in 1991 as a programmer. There, Bina and Andreessen started working on Mosaic in December 1992 and had a working version by March 1993. Mosaic was posted to the Internet and is famed as the first killer application that popularized the Internet. He is one of the five inaugural inductees to the World Wide Web Hall of Fame announced at the first international conference on the World Wide Web in 1994.[1][2]

Eric is reported to have been a very skilled programmer during the time that he worked on Mosaic, and possessed a legendary work ethic that is characterized by several 48-hour stints of continuous software development. While there, his unofficial job title (which appeared on his business cards) was "Unsung Hero."

In 1995, Bina and Andreessen were awarded the ACM Software System Award.[3]

In 2010, Bina and Andreessen were inducted into the University of Illinois Engineering Hall of Fame.

Eric Bina now lives in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois with his wife and daughter.


  1. Robert Cailliau (May 1994). "WWW94 Awards". CERN. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  2. "The World-Wide Web Hall of Fame". Best of the Web Directory. 1994. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  3. "Software System Award". ACM Awards. Association for Computing Machinery. Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2011.


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