Queen appoints Tim Berners-Lee as member of the Order of Merit

June 13, 2007 at 11:40 am | Posted in Award, Computer science, Electronics, HM the Queen, Internet, MIT, Order of Merit, Science, Technology, Tim Berners-Lee, University of Southampton, W3C | 1 Comment

Royal Award for Inventor of World Wide Web

13 June 2007

Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee FRS has been appointed a member of the Order of Merit (OM) by HM Queen Elizabeth II. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, is Director of the World Wide Web Consortium, Senior Research Scientist at MIT, and Professor of Computer Science in ECS.

The Order of Merit, founded by 1902 by King Edward VII, is a special mark of honour conferred by the Sovereign on individuals of exceptional distinction in the arts, learning, sciences and other areas. Appointments to the Order are in the Sovereign’s personal gift and ministerial advice is not required.


This is inspiring news for another generation of students who need heroes in science as much as they do in sports.

Here, for the children who asked me about the Roman numerals and all those three-letter acronyms adults so cheerfully rattle off, is a translation:

  • ECS = Electronics & Computer Science at the University of Southampton
  • FRS = Fellow of the Royal Society
  • II = the Second
  • HM = Her Majesty
  • MIT = Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • OM = Order of Merit
  • VII = the Seventh
  • W3C = World Wide Web Consortium

Buckingham Palace National Announcement of new members of the Order of Merit


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