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Tim Berners-Lee awarded the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize 2015

Zurich (ots) - The 12th Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize has been awarded to Britain's Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web twenty-five years ago. The Swiss Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI) is honouring Sir Tim for his pioneering invention. He will be presented with the distinguished prize on 29 April 2015. Earlier prizewinners include Jimmy Wales, Kofi A. Annan and Václav Havel.

Sir Tim developed the decisive technologies of the world's most powerful communication tool, the World Wide Web, at the CERN research laboratory near Geneva in 1990. It has transformed all aspects of our lives, from information, education, work, trade and health to personal relationships.

Sir Tim, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004, has placed the fruits of his work entirely at the service of the wider community. He champions an Internet that is open and accessible to all. He fights for the neutrality of the net, his mission being "advance the Web to empower humanity".

According to a recent network analysis performed by the GDI (, Sir Tim Berners-Lee is currently the second most influential global thought leader. However, the nomination for the prize has been made independently of this analysis.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee will receive the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize in the presence of invited guests at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Ruschlikon/Zurich on 29 April 2015. The eulogy will be delivered by Harvard professor Urs Gasser.

The Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize is awarded at irregular intervals to people who have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of the wider community. Earlier prizewinners include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi A. Annan and Czechoslovakian president Václav Havel (


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