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Men behind World Wide Web and black holes are here

The internet, invisibility and black holes. All this, and more, is to be celebrated this afternoon Tuesday at the UNESCO Niels Bohr awards in Copenhagen

They are right now probably straightening their bow ties, making their finishing touches on acceptance speeches. Three world-renowned scientists. In Copenhagen to receive a prestigious gold medal.

Professor Tim Berners-Lee is known as the father of the Internet, or the development of hypertekst. The consequences of this for communication and the exchange of information need no further elaboration.

Less know perhaps is Professor John Pendry who has worked on materials with exceptional optical properties. They have been used for developing camouflage technology, popularly known as invisibility cloaks.

Named after Danish physicist

Professor Kip Thorne is to be honoured for his contribution in understanding black holes in the universe, and the study of gravitational waves.

The gold medal is awarded annually by the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and is named after the UN education, science and culture organisation UNESCO and the famous Danish physicist Niels Bohr.

Follow this space: The University Post has a reporter covering the ceremony and is all set to publish pictures, reports and interviews.

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