Berners-Lee knighted by British Queen

Inventor of the World Wide Web honored for his work

LONDON -- The man credited with inventing the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, will later on Friday be officially made a Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire (KBE) by the U.K.'s Queen Elizabeth II.

It was announced in December that Berners-Lee, 49, the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), would be granted the second-highest rank of the 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.

London-born Berners-Lee, who currently lives in the U.S., will be dubbed Sir Timothy Berners-Lee Knight Commander by the Queen in a ceremony held around midday local time in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace.

In January, U.S.-born Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates was awarded an honorary Knighthood. At the time, the Home Office said Gates was given the title KBE, or Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his contribution to enterprise, employment, education and the voluntary sector in the U.K. as well as for his significant contributions to poverty reduction in parts of the Commonwealth and elsewhere in the developing world

The KBE is just the latest honor 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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