Keynes Prize

I found myself attending the announcement of the winner of this year’s Keynes Prize in Keynes’s library in 47, Gordon Square (he actually lived in number 46, but bought the house next door for his books).   The prize was only started last year, but already feels grandly honorific.   Last year, it was won by Amartya Sen.   So, the question in everyone’s mind was whether or not there was anyone of comparable international intellectual significance.  The winner is Tim Berners-Lee.   An email was read out in which Berners-Lee extolled the significance of the worldwide web as a vehicle for the freedom of expression.   It felt like a good result.

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