Internet inventor Sir Tim Berners Lee is one of the winners of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
The British innovator, revered by the scientific community, was delighted by the gong, which was created to raise the profile of engineering in British society.
Four other winners - Roberth Kahn, Louis Pouzin, Vinton Cerf and Mac Andreessen - also bagged a £200,000 share of the spoils.
Mr Kahn and Mr Cerf invented the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP).
Louis Pouzin and colleagues developed CYCLADES, the first network to make the host computers responsible for the reliable delivery of data, rather than the network itself.
Mr Andreessen helped to create the Mosaic web browser.
They will join Sir Tim in meeting the Queen this summer, when they will receive a trophy.
Sir Tim said: "I am honoured to receive this accolade and humbled to share it with them.
"I want the web to inspire and empower new generations of engineers - boys and, especially, girls - who will build, in turn, their own platforms, to improve our global society.
"I hope the message behind this award, along with the work we are doing with the World Wide Web Foundation and W3C, will assist in achieving the vision of a web that is open, accessible and of value to all."
The prize was awarded by a new charitable body called The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, which is made up of a number of senior scientific figures.
Return to internet news headlines
View Internet News Archive