Tim Berners-Lee - the man credited with inventing the World Wide Web - was made a Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.

It was announced in December that Berners-Lee, 49, the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), would be granted the second-highest rank of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his "services to the global development of the Internet" through the invention of the World Wide Web.

London-born Berners-Lee, who currently lives in the US, was knighted in a ceremony held at midday in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace.

In January US-born Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates was awarded an honorary Knighthood. At the time, the Home Office said Gates was given the title KBE, or Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his contribution to enterprise, employment, education and the voluntary sector in the UK as well as for his significant contributions to poverty reduction in parts of the Commonwealth and elsewhere in the developing world

The KBE is just the latest honour collected by Berners-Lee. In June, he received the inaugural Millennium Technology Prize in Helsinki, Finland, from the Finnish Technology Award Foundation. The group said the award was an "international acknowledgement for an outstanding innovation that directly promotes people's quality of life, is based on humane values and encourages sustainable economic development."