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'Greatest Briton' accolade for Tim Berners-Lee

Published: 31 January 2005

Sir Tim was one of seven Britons who received awards in the ceremony, including author Philip Pullman, designer Sir Paul Smith, architect Lord Norman Foster, journalist Lord Bill Deedes, and fundraiser Jane Tomlinson. 'There is a real calibre of people who make our country great and proud to be British', said the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, who made the opening speech. Sir Tim said: 'I have won awards for computers, but I have never won an award for being British.'

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