NEWS: Web Inventor Named British Knight

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web, received a British knighthood this week from Queen Elizabeth. The British-born Berners-Lee is as famous for his modesty as he is for his incredible achievement; he refused to let photographers take pictures during the ceremony, then downplayed his creation. "I was in the right place at the right time," he said. In 1980, while at the European Particle Physics Laboratory at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, Berners-Lee used a NeXT computer to invent the hypertext-based Web. He was looking for a way for scientists to more easily share information across the fledgling Internet, which at the time linked only educational, government, and research-based computers, and he never sought any money for his creation. Since then, Berners-Lee has founded the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and he's working on a next-generation Web design he calls the Semantic Web. Genius? Yes. But now he's Sir Genius to you

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