Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin and Marc Andreessen win Queen Elizabeth prize for engineering the foundations of today's web.

This article titled “Facebook and Google spread ‘their’ net across the mobile world” was written by John Naughton, for The Observer on Sunday 24th March 2013 00.05 UTC

On Monday last, amid great hoopla, the Queen Elizabeth prize for engineering was awarded to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin and Marc Andreessen.

The 15-person selection panel said the five men had all contributed to the recent revolution in communications that has taken place in recent decades. Which is manifestly true. But the fine distinctions between the contribution each made escaped BBC News, which treated them all as inventors of the internet.

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