Silicon Valley notables Marc Andreessen (pictured here) and Vint Cerf — along with three other Internet pioneers — won the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Monday and will split its award of one million British pounds – or about $1.5 million.
The prize is “designed to reward and celebrate the individuals responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity,” according to a press release from the British Consulate-General in San Francisco.
The Queen will preside over an awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 25.
Andreessen is best known for co-authoring the first widely used Web browser, Mosaic, and for co-founding Netscape Communications. He is currently with the venture-capital firm AH Capital Management, and sits on the boards of several companies, including Hewlett-Packard, eBay and Facebook.
The Stanford-trained Cerf along with Robert Kahn – also awarded the Queen’s prize – are widely considered the “fathers of the Internet” for their work on the early computer network, ARPANET. Cerf currently is Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist.
The other two winners are French engineer Louis Pouzin and British computer scientist Sir Timothy Berners-Lee.