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Internet founder fathers share $3 million prize fund

Internet founding fathers Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Bob Kahn, Vint Cerf, Sir David Payne and Emmanuel Desurvire were among the winners at the second VinFuture Prize awards ceremony held in Hanoi, Vietnam in December.

The VinFuture Prize was established by the VinFuture Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation set up by Vietnam’s first billionaire Mr. Pham Nhat, founder of Vingroup, and his wife Mrs. Pham Thu Huong. It recognises inventors and researchers whose scientific and technological breakthroughs have the potential to positively impact the lives of millions of people and advance sustainable development.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Bob Kahn, Vint Cerf, Sir David Payne and Emmanuel Desurvire received the Grand Prize and a share of the $3 million prize fund in recognition of their contributions to network technology and the World Wide Web.

Other VinFuture Prize winners chosen from nearly 1,000 nominations from 71 countries were:

  • Dr. Demis Hassabis and Dr. John Jumper, who received the Special Prize for Innovators with Outstanding Achievements in Emerging Fields for their work on AlphaFold 2, an AI program that has predicted the 3D structures of almost every protein;
  • Pamela C. Ronald, winner of the Special Prize for Female Innovators for her breakthroughs in the development of high yield, stress-tolerant rice varieties; and
  • Thalappil Pradeep, winner of the Special Prize for Innovators from Developing Countries for his development of a low-cost filtration system to remove arsenic and other heavy metals from groundwater.

The awards ceremony was opened by Christina Aguilera.

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