Internet and Web pioneers win the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
Five engineers who created the Internet and the World Wide Web have together won the inaugural £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for their innovations, which have revolutionised the way we communicate and enabled the development of whole new industries.
Today a third of the world’s population use the Internet and it is estimated to carry around 330 Petabytes of data per year, enough to transfer every character ever written in every book ever published 20 times over.
The winners are Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf and Louis Pouzin for their contributions to the protocols that make up the fundamental architecture of the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee who created the World Wide Web and Marc Andreessen who wrote the Mosaic browser.
The announcement was made by Lord Browne of Madingley in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal at the Royal Academy of Engineering on 18 March 2013. The winners will come to London in June for the formal presentation of the prize by Her Majesty The Queen.
QEPrize announcement date – Monday 18th March
The winner of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering will be announced on Monday 18th March 2013. The announcement, at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, will be attended by HRH The Princess Royal.
Nominations for the prize closed in September 2012 and we are currently in the middle of an extensive judging process which will culminate in a final meeting in March. We are delighted that our distinguished panel of judges have been highly impressed with the quality of nominations.
We would like to offer our thanks to everyone who has been involved and we look forward to the announcement.