Berners-Lee, 48, has been named in the Queens New Years honours list. He is to receive a knighthood. Without his creation, access to the Internet would be limited to just a few people, the Independant reported.

"I'm very honored, although it still feels strange," Berners-Lee said. "I feel like quite an ordinary person, and so the good news is that it does happen to ordinary people who work on things that happen to work out, like the Web."