Inventor or the Web, the UK's Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has been named one of the Greatest Britons of 2004.
On collecting his £25,000 award, Berners-Lee, credited with developing the Web in the late 1980s said it was an "amazing honour" and that he was just "in the right place at the right time".
He added: "I have won awards for computers but I have never won an award for being British. I am very proud to be British, it is great fun to be British and this award is just an amazing honour," reports the BBC.
The award ceremony was held at the Royal Courts of Justice. Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes, Dark Materials author Philip Pullman, fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, and three other Britons were also given awards for services to arts, science, business and public service.