Tim Berners-Lee awarded knighthood

The man credited with inventing the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, was awarded his knighthood last Friday.

Berners-Lee, currently director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), was granted the rank of Knight Commander, 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.

He coined the name 'World Wide Web', wrote the first World Wide Web server, 'httpd' and the first client program (a browser and editor), 'WorldWideWeb' in October 1990. He wrote the first version of the document formatting language with the capability for hypertext links, known as HTML (HyperText Markup Language). His initial specifications for URIs, HTTP, and HTML were refined and discussed in larger circles as Web technology spread.

"I am humbled by this great honor," said Sir Timothy. "The Web came about through an ongoing collaboration with my fellow inventors and developers worldwide. Everyone in the Internet community should be recognized by this honor."

He continued, "The Web must remain a universal medium, open to all and not biasing the information it conveys. As the technology becomes ever more powerful and available, using more kinds of devices, I hope we learn how to use it as a medium for working together, and resolving misunderstandings on every scale."

The KBE is just the latest honour collected by Berners-Lee. In June, he received the inaugural Millennium Technology Prize in Helsinki, Finland, 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."

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