WCIT MONITOR Issue 63 Nov 2014 - Page 3

THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGISTS NEWS Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of London S Photo by : Chris Histed ir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, was awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of London at Guildhall on the 24th September 2014, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in computer science and technology. Sir Tim is an Honorary Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. During a ceremony involving the entire 125 elected Members of the City of London Corporation, as well as family and friends, Sir Tim was invited to join the ranks of leading world figures and statesmen, such as Lord Nelson, Winston Churchill, Florence Nightingale, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, and most recently, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Sir Tim Berners-Lee addressing the audience with (sitting from left) City Marshal Philip Jordan; Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court Murray Craig; and The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf On the day Alderman Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of the City of London, said: The World Wide Web is one of the most remarkable achievements of all time, revolutionising the way in which the world creates, receives and shares information. Photo by : Mike Williams “I am delighted that Sir Tim will receive the Honorary Freedom of the City of London, which is the highest honour that the City can bestow upon individuals. Sir Tim Berners-Lee and The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London with members of WCIT Contributed by Chris Histed, WCIT Junior Warden Photo by : Chris Histed Through this incredible invention, Sir Tim has not just touched billions of lives; he has transformed the very way in which we live our lives. It is the City’s privilege and pleasure to pay tribute to Sir Tim.” The Court of Aldermen of the City of London, including WCIT Senior Warden, Alderman Sir David Wootton Page 3