[FoRK] Anyone you know? (Web inventor is 'Greatest Briton')
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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
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.
GREATEST BRITONS 2004
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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