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Greatest Briton accolade for Tim Berners-Lee

World Wide Web inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was named Greatest Briton 2004 in a ceremony in London last year. Receiving his award at the Royal Courts of Justice, Sir Tim Berners-Lee said that it was an 'amazing honour'.

Tim Berners-Lee was one of seven Britons representing different areas of human achievement who received awards in the ceremony, including author Philip Pullman, designer Sir Paul Smith, architect Lord Norman Foster, journalist Lord Bill Deedes, and fundraiser Jane Tomlinson. 'There is a real calibre of people who make our country great and proud to be British', said the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown, who made the opening speech. 'I have won awards for computers, but I have never before won an award for being British!', said Tim Berners-Lee.

Tim Berners-Lee has attended every WWW conference since the series began. His achievement in developing the World Wide Web has been widely recognized throughout the world, particularly in his home country of England where he received a knighthood in 2003 in recognition of his work for global communications.

Tim Berners-Lee is Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Director of the World Wide Web Consortium, W3C. In December 2004 he accepted a Chair in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, which is main organisor of the conference.

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