Google founders awarded knowledge prize

The founders of the search engine Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, have been named recipients of the 2008 International Honorary Knowledge Award, given out annually by the Swedish National Encyclopedia.

The two are cited by the National Encyclopedia editor Arne Ekman for having “succeeded in creating usable knowledge from the enormous amount of information on the internet”.

But the Google founders won’t make the trip to Stockholm to receive their prize in person from the hands of Crown Princess Victoria on October 6th.

Instead, the company’s head for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, Nikesh Arora, will accept the 250,000 kronor ($38,000) award.

The International Honorary Knowledge Award was established by the National Encyclopedia to draw attention and honour achievements in the spread of knowledge, according to a statement.