Tim Berners-Lee wins engineering prize

Inventor of the web Tim Berners-Lee is one of five internet pioneers to receive the first ever Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Internet pioneers, including the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, have been named the first recipients of a new engineering prize.

Sir Tim will share the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QE Prize) and £1million prize money with Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin and Marc Andreessen, all of whom were pivotal in creating the internet as we know it today.

The UK government launched the QE Prize as a British companion to the Scandinavian Nobels, to raise the global profile of engineering.

Lord Broers, chairman of the QE Prize judges, said: "The emergence of the internet and the web involved many teams of people from all over the world."

"However, these five visionary engineers led the key developments that shaped the internet and the web as a coherent system and brought them into use."

Probably the best known of all the winners, Sir Tim Berners-Lee helped develop the World Wide Web and is widely credited as being its 'inventor'.

Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf created the TCP/IP protocols that helped define the way in which data travels across the internet.

Louis Pouzin's work involved the labelling of data being transferred, to ensure it always ends up in the right place. Marc Andreesen created Mosaic, the world's first popular web browser. The Queen will present a trophy to the winners at Buckingham Palace in June.

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