Tim Berners-Lee appointed member of the Order of Merit
13 June 2007. Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee FRS has been appointed a member of the Order of Merit (OM) by HM Queen Elizabeth II. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, is Director of the World Wide Web Consortium, Senior Research Scientist at MIT, and Professor of Computer Science in ECS.
The Order of Merit, founded by 1902 by King Edward VII, is a special mark of honour conferred by the Sovereign on individuals of exceptional distinction in the arts, learning, sciences and other areas. Appointments to the Order are in the Sovereign's personal gift and ministerial advice is not required.