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Tata’s steely support of £1m engineering prize honours internet founders

13 May 2013 No Comment

Imagine where we’d be without the internet…it has shaped the way we live, the way we work, the way we communicate. And now the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is honouring the five men without whom the world wide web wouldn’t exist.

Where would we be without www. ? 


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Surfers paradise – internet founders win £1m Royal prize for engineering

Louis Pouzin, Robert Kahn, Vint Cerf, Marc Andreessen and the UK’s Tim Berners-Lee are joint winners of the prestigious global £1 million award, of which Tata Group – through Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Consultancy Services and Tata Steel – is one of the biggest supporters.

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Tata tribute to internet founders for Queen Elizabeth Prize

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering – seen as engineering’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize – is designed to recognise outstanding advances in engineering that have changed the world and benefitted humanity. Created not only to honour success in the field, it also raises the profile of engineering for future generations as an exciting and fast-paced career option that really can make a difference to the world.

Who wouldn’t want a career that can change the world?

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Hans Fischer, Chief Technical Officer for Tata Steel in Europe, says that by supporting initiatives such as the Queen Elizabeth Prize, which will be presented on 25 June at Buckingham Palace, it’s hoped that more people will see a technical career as aspirational and rewarding.

Something which Pouzin, Kahn, Cerf, Andreessen and Berners-Lee will no doubt agree with – after all, how many people can say that they invented the internet and the world wide web? A technical feat which hasn’t just made our lives better and easier (remember when you used to have to leave the house to shop?!), it’s changing and shaping our future too.

Not bad for an engineer, right?

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