The inventor of the world wide web has been named Greatest Briton 2004 at a ceremony attended by Gordon Brown.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the web in the late 1980s, said he was just "in the right place at the right time".
Accepting his award and £25,000 at the Royal Courts of Justice, Sir Tim said it was an "amazing honour".
Six other Britons, including Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes and fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, were also given awards at the ceremony.
The seven were given titles in fields such as the arts, science, business and public service.
On receiving his award on Thursday, Sir Tim said: "I have won awards for computers but I have never won an award for being British.
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