Famous Techies Recognized

CongratulationsMajor names in the world of technology and computers have been officially recognized in a few different outlets recently. First, a few notables appeared on Time‘s 2012 list of “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Then the Internet Society announced the creation and first class of the Internet Hall of Fame. In case you missed any of these events, here’s a recap of who was honored where.

Time put Pete Cashmore (CEO and founder of Mashable), Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook), Tim Cook (Apple’s new CEO) and Marc Andreessen (a technology investor) in their top 100 list this year. You can read more about each honoree and what Time had to say about them in an Information Week article dedicated to the four tech-focused winners.

Meanwhile, the 10-year-old Internet Society, a nonprofit “dedicated to ensuring that the Internet stays open, transparent and defined by you,” has just created the Internet Hall of Fame. The Society’s CEO, Lynn St.Amour, has this to say about the Hall (in an official statement):

“While the inductees have extremely diverse backgrounds and represent many different countries, each individual has an incredible passion for their work. We all benefit from their outstanding contributions to a global Internet, making it one of the greatest catalysts of economic and societal development of all time.”

Thirty-three people were inducted across three categories – Pioneers, Global Connectors and Innovators – as part of the Hall’s first class. In all, the inductees represent nine countries and include 11 PhD and one law degree holders, 11 published authors, one Academy Award Winner, one Emmy Award winner, one Nobel Prize Winner and one member who has been officially knighted.

Vint Cerf, the “father of the internet,” and 13 others were inducted as Pioneers. Nine people, including Al Gore, make up the first class of Global Connectors. And Tim Berners-Lee (you know, the guy who invented the World Wide Web), along with nine others were named as Innovators. Check out the full list and read each member’s bio at the Internet Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to all those who have been honored lately! We look forward to seeing who will be recognized for their work in the future!

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