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Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering honours internet pioneers

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The Prime Minister is attending a ceremony where the Queen will honour 5 of the engineers who helped create the internet and world wide web.

David Cameron launched the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in 2011 with the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. All three will be at the prize’s inaugural royal reception which will award internet pioneers Bob Kahn, Vint Cerf, Louis Pouzin, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andreessen.

Recognising the importance of engineering and innovation, the Prime Minister said:

This is a fantastic week for innovation, which is absolutely vital to jobs and growth in our economy. Yesterday I met the face of engineering’s future in Downing Street as we launched a drive for 100,000 new engineering apprentices - and today we have the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

More than any other time in history our world is being shaped by innovation, new ideas, new technologies and new companies. This is the story of the global economy. People young and old around the world will be inspired by the incredible feats that these men have achieved - with our very own Sir Tim Berners-Lee a shining example of Britain’s ability to succeed in the global race.

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is a £1 million global prize rewarding those whose groundbreaking engineering work has worldwide benefit to humanity.