WWW creator gets knighthood


WWW creator gets knighthood

The man credited with inventing the world-wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, will later today be officially made a Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire (KBE) by the Queen.

It was announced in December that Berners-Lee, 49, the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), would be granted the second-highest rank of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his "services to the global development of the internet" through the invention of the world-wide web.

London-born Berners-Lee, who now lives in the US, will be called Sir Timothy Berners-Lee Knight Commander by the Queen in a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.

In January, US-born Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates was awarded an honorary Knighthood. At the time, the Home Office said Gates was given the title KBE, or Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his contribution to enterprise, employment, education and the voluntary sector in the UK as well as for his significant contributions to poverty reduction in parts of the Commonwealth and elsewhere in the developing world.

The KBE is just the latest honour collected by Berners-Lee. In June, he received the inaugural Millennium Technology Prize in Helsinki from the Finnish Technology Award Foundation. The group said the award was an "international acknowledgement for an outstanding innovation that directly promotes people's quality of life, is based on humane values and encourages sustainable economic development".

Laura Rohde writes for IDG News Service

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