The father of the world wide web was awarded the first Millenium Technology Prize by the Finnish Technology Award Foundation. The BBC reports: "In 1991, he came up with a system to organise, link and browse net pages which revolutionised the internet." The honoree was described as a modest man who invented the web for the advancement of society, not for his own personal gain.
Wait, that doesn't sound right. Oh, I misread the article. The award is for Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the internet while studying in Geneva. Imagine. Al Gore. Modest. Ha ha!
New honour for the web's inventor