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Friday, 15 June, 2001, 23:01 GMT 00:01 UK
Internet pioneer honoured
Peter Dawe
Peter Dawe: promoted the rise of the internet in the UK
An internet pioneer who spearheaded the fight against the spread of child pornography on the web has been honoured by the Queen.

Peter Dawe receives an OBE for his work with the Internet Watch Foundation.

Mr Dawe started the organisation in 1996 to address the problem of illegal material on the internet, particularly child pornography.

Earlier he set up the UK's first commercial internet service provider PIPEX.

Mr Dawe said he was delighted to be honoured.

The honour does provide me with an incentive to continue to try to fix other problems in this world

Peter Dawe
"Internet Watch has been successful beyond my expectations," he told BBC News Online.

"Not only has it been the model of best practice in self-regulation in the western world, it has also been instrumental in getting laws changed in other countries so that the internet can be policed in certain areas."


He said the Internet Watch Foundation had an important role to play in ensuring justice. And he credited the organisation's staff "who have taken the vision and implemented it".

"The honour does provide me with an incentive to continue to try to fix other problems in this world," Mr Dawe told BBC News Online.

"I hope that those I tackle in the future meet with equal success."

Stem cell research

Another honour in the field of science and technology went to Robert Brian Heap, vice-president of the Royal Society, who received a CBE.

Scientists believe stem cells may provide new medical treatments
The Cambridge University professor was honoured for his work on reproductive biology and his role as an international scientist.

Professor Heap was a member of the government committee on therapeutic cloning.

The panel recently recommended that scientists be allowed to take cells from early-stage embryos and use them to grow skin and other types of tissues as a potential medical treatment.

An award also went to Professor Charles Fewson, a microbiologist at the University of Glasgow, who was made OBE.

And Professor Robert Gurney, a climate change expert at the University of Reading, also received an OBE.

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