[FoRK] Anyone you know? (Web inventor is 'Greatest Briton')

peter kilby peterkilby at dsl.pipex.com
Fri Jan 28 04:26:26 PST 2005


The inventor of the world wide web has been named Greatest Briton 2004 at a 
ceremony attended by Gordon Brown. 
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the web in the late 1980s, said he was 
just "in the right place at the right time". 

Accepting his award and £25,000 at the Royal Courts of Justice, Sir Tim said 
it was an "amazing honour". 

Six other Britons, including Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes and fashion 
designer Sir Paul Smith, were also given awards at the ceremony. 

The seven were given titles in fields such as the arts, science, business and 
public service. 

On receiving his award on Thursday, Sir Tim said: "I have won awards for 
computers but I have never won an award for being British. 

Tim Berners-Lee, scientist - science and overall winner 
Kelly Holmes, runner - sport 
Sir Paul Smith, fashion designer - business 
Philip Pullman, author - arts 
Lord Norman Foster, architect - creative business 
Jane Tomlinson, fundraiser - campaigning 
Lord Bill Deedes, journalist - public service  

"I am very proud to be British, it is great fun to be British and this award 
is just an amazing honour." 

Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials, was awarded Greatest Briton in 
the Arts, and fashion designer Sir Paul Smith was named as Greatest Briton in 

In his opening speech, the chancellor hailed the power of "Britishness" and 
said he was humbled by the list of achievements. 

"There is a real calibre of people who make our country great and proud to be 
British," he said. 

Other awards went to Lord Norman Foster, the British architect behind the 
Millennium Bridge, and terminal cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson. 

Mrs Tomlinson, who has completed three London marathons raising money for 
charity, said she was shocked to receive her award. 

"I never expected to win - we just came down here because I was nominated, but 
it has been such a lovely night." 

Veteran journalist Lord Bill Deedes, still UK ambassador for Unicef at the age 
of 91, won the Public Service category. 

He said the ceremony was important to help restore pride in Britain. 

"The importance of this contest is to try to restore in people's minds the 
idea of Britain. 

"We should all be proud of being British." 

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