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Five Internet Founders Share First £1 Million Engineering 'Nobel' Prize 55

judgecorp writes "The first Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, worth £1 million, has been shared by five founders of the Internet and the World Wide Web. In addition to Sir Tim Berners Lee and Vint Cerf, the other recipients are Cerf's colleague Bob Kahn, creator of the Mosaic browser Marc Andreessen, and a much less well known Frenchman, Louis Pouzin, aged 82. Working at Bell Labs, Pouzin invented the datagram protocols on which Cerf and Kahn based the TCP/IP protocols. The judges originally planned the prize for a maximum of three winners, but that had to change, thanks to the collaborative nature of the Internet. All the recipients praised their colleagues and pointed out that engineering is always a team effort: 'Fortunately we are still alive,' joked Pouzin. 'It is forty years since we did the things for which we are being honoured.' Awarded in the U.K., the prize is an international effort to create an engineering counterpart to the Nobels. The judges considered entries from 65 countries."
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Five Internet Founders Share First £1 Million Engineering 'Nobel' Prize

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  • by Nidi62 ( 1525137 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @09:29PM (#43219819)
    Al Gore could not be reached for comment, as he was busy hunting Manbearpig
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @09:55PM (#43219977)

    Otherwise, Paul Baran (packet switching) and Jon Postel (RFC editor for IP, TCP, and many others) would probably deserve a share.

    • Yes, P. Baran is the first person I was thinking of. The whole idea of packet switching (as an opposite to leased lines) became the foundation of both DARPA and X.25 networks (and many others like Frame Relay). If I remember correctly, he wrote the paper as some kind of research project.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Also for packet switching, Donald Davies of the UK's National Physical Laboratory.

  • by Grayhand ( 2610049 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:23PM (#43220135)
    FYI everyone Al Gore never claimed to have invented the internet, you really need to lay off Fox News, it kills brain cells. It's interesting that the first award would be for the founding of the internet. It's managed to eclipse other innovations in a little over a generation.
    • by Tablizer ( 95088 )

      Al Gore did word the statement poorly, but not enough to make a big deal out of. It's just a fun meme that has sticking power.

      It's roughly comparable to Palin's "I can see Russia from my house". Actually, she said "parts of Alaska", not her house. However, it's now forever stuck in meme-dom due to a funny SNL skit.

      Half-truths just sometimes have sticking power.

      Related side joke: Mitt was going to make Palin his Ambassador to Russia to cut costs: she could walk to work.

  • >> The first Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, worth £, awarded in the U.K., an international effort

    One of those facts does not fit.

  • Marc Andreessen finally gets the recognition he deserves. The internet was built on the backs of so many that have failed to be rewarded for their efforts contributions and creations. Finally Marc is getting his due. I hope that he enjoys the money an treats himself to another Yacht or something special like a Jet. The creator of Lynx should field honored that his contributions were recognized.
  • by Lincolnshire Poacher ( 1205798 ) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @03:10AM (#43221365)

    None of these individuals need the money. Any one of them could raise $1 million from VCs in a few days, based on their reputation.

    This money should have been used to fund new innovative ideas, but I suppose that wouldn't have grabbed the headlines for the main sponsors:

    BAE Systems
    British Gas
    Jaguar Land Rover
    National Grid
    Tata Steel.

    It was just a stunt, and a fairly cheap one for companies of that magnitude.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      If I were them I'd stay away from VCs, who'll want far too big a say in the venture in exchange for their funding. In contrast, getting 200k quid in the right hands with no strings attached could do a hell of a lot more for innovation. But perhaps they'll spend their share on hookers and blow, which is fine as well.

      The point of this prize is not to further science or innovation, but to promote engineering by celebrating notable engineering achievements and contributors to those achievements. Seems lik
    • And is the Nobel prize similarly a stunt?

      I don't think there's anything wrong with rewarding tim burners-lee for example. We all owe him a lot. He literally changed all of our lives for the better.

      And for those that don't need the money, there's a fair chance that they will use the money to invest in promising next generation technology, anyway.

      • by geekoid ( 135745 )

        We owe him a lot.. except for capitalizing his name, cause fuck that guy.

        • When I'm typing on a mobile, you get the capitals auto-correct gives. Life's too short for doing shift on a touch screen. Though if I thought there was any chance he'd be reading, I'd have gone the extra mile out of respect.

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