Millennium Technology Prize

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Millennium Technology Prize,

biennial award for innovations in technology, est. 2002 in Finland and bestowed by the Millennium Prize Foundation, an independent fund founded by members of Finnish industry in partnership with the Finnish government. The prize is given to those whose extraordinary technological accomplishments contribute to the enrichment of human quality of life, promote well-being, and emphasize sustainable development. It includes an award of €1 million. The first Millenium Prize, given in 2004, went to Tim Berners-LeeBerners-Lee, Tim
(Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee), 1955–, British computer scientist, b. London, grad. The Queen's College, Oxford (B.A. 1976). He joined CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, as a consultant software engineer in 1960.
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, developer of the World Wide WebWorld Wide Web
(WWW or W3), collection of globally distributed text and multimedia documents and files and other network services linked in such a way as to create an immense electronic library from which information can be retrieved quickly by intuitive searches.
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. Other winners have included Shuji NakamuraNakamura, Shuji,
1954–, Japanese physicist and electronics engineer, grad. Univ. of Tokushima (D.Eng., 1994). Nakamura joined the Nichia Corporation in 1977, and it was there that he began his life-long work with light-emitting devices.
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 (2006), Shinya YamanakaYamanaka, Shinya,
1962–, Japanese physician and researcher, grad. Kobe Univ. (M.D., 1987), Osaka City Univ. (Ph.D., 1993). He was a professor at Osaka City Univ. (1996–99), the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (1999–2005), and the Institute for Frontier
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 (2012), Linus TorvaldsTorvalds, Linus Benedict,
1969–, Finnish-American computer software engineer. A member of Finland's Swedish-speaking minority, he attended the Univ. of Helsinki (M.S., 1996), where he also taught.
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 (2012), and Frances ArnoldArnold, Frances Hamilton,
1956–, American chemical engineer, b. Edgewood, Pa., Ph.D. Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1985. Arnold has been a professor at the California Institute of Technology since 1986. She is noted for her work on the directed evolution of enzymes.
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