CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ The founders of 3Com Corp. gave $2 million Wednesday to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a chair at the Laboratory for Computer Science.

The first holder of the chair will be LCS researcher Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium.

The chair is a first for MIT because it supports researchers, rather than professors in the institute's academic departments.

The announcement came one day after Microsoft mogul Bill Gates gave $20 million to the institute for a new computer lab.

The chair was established to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of 3Com, the Santa Clara, Calif., data communications equipment maker.

The gift was organized by Robert M. Metcalfe, an MIT alumnus and 3Com founder now with International Data Group.

``We recommend to successful company founders everywhere that they take on similar projects for their alma maters,'' he said.