Web, Internet inventors have cleaned up on awards

Berners-Lee, Cerf, Kahn are among most decorated technology innovators

By , Network World |  Internet, Robert Kahn, Tim Berners-Lee

Both have received the EFF Pioneer Award (Kahn in 1992, Cerf in 1993), Marconi Prize (Kahn in 1994, Cerf in 1998), National Medal of Technology (1997), Draper Prize (2001), A.M. Turing Award (2004), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2005) and Japan Prize (2008). They've both been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2006) and Computer History Museum's Hall of Fellows (Cerf in 2000, Kahn in 2006). Cerf, Kahn, Berners-Lee and Internet pioneer Larry Roberts all won Spain's 2002 Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research. What's more, Kahn grabbed the 2010 ITU World Telecommunication and Information Society Award and 2006 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Medal. (See also: Cerf's take on winning so many awards)

Other big-time award collectors:

*Ethernet inventor Robert Metcalfe: ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award (1980), IEEE Medal of Honor (1996), EFF Pioneer Award (1996), IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (1998), National Medal of Technology (2003), Marconi Prize (2003), National Inventors Hall of Fame (2007), Computer History Museum Hall of Fellows (2008). Most recently, in May 2011, Metcalfe was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, too.~~

*Public key cryptography pioneer Whitfield Diffie (often along with Martin Hellman and Ralph Merkle): EFF Pioneer Award (1994), Marconi Prize (2000), IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (2010), Computer History Museum Hall of Fellows (2011).

SLIDESHOW: Whirlwind tour of technology's top honors, awards and prizes

*Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (for technology, business and philanthropy): National Medal of Technology (1992), Honorary Knighthood: Commander of the Order of the Royal Empire (2005), Harvard University honorary degree (2007), Franklin Institute Bower Award for Business Leadership (2010), Silver Buffalo Award from Boy Scouts of America (2010).

Bob Brown has won a few journalism awards, though you'd never know it from his Twitter feed www.twitter.com/alphadoggs

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