Web innovator Wendy Hall becomes a Dame

Professor Wendy Hall, an innovator in the early forms of the world wide web, has been awarded the title of Dame in the New Year’s Honours list for her services to science and technology.

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Professor Wendy Hall, an innovator in the early forms of the world wide web, has been awarded the title of Dame in the New Year’s Honours list for her services to science and technology.

Hall, a founder at the Web Science Research Initiative (alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a former president at the British Computer Society), and a computer science professor at the University of Southampton, played a major role in the development of the web. The BCS called her “one of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia”.

Hall has also played a leading role in the career development of women in the technology industry, and was a founding chair of the BCS Women's Forum strategic panel.

Speaking on the news, Hall said: “I am thrilled to have been honoured in this way, it is exciting for me personally and for my family, but it is also a tribute to all the people I have worked with in my career as a scientist and engineer both at Southampton and in the wider community.”

In other honours, John Priest, a former deputy strategic sourcing director at the Department for Work & Pensions, was named a CBE for his public and voluntary work.

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