Autonomy co-founder Mike Lynch is V3 readers' overwhelming favourite to follow Apple designer Jony Ive into the honours book as the next technology figure to gain a knighthood, according to the results of our latest poll.
We asked V3 readers who they'd like to see follow the design guru, who was instrumental in the creation of iconic Apple devices including the iPod, iPad and iPhone and was once described by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as his "spiritual partner".
Around 63 per cent of readers said they'd like to see Lynch knighted. He co-founded the Cambridge-based business software firm in 1996 with Richard Gaunt, focusing initially on enterprise search.
Several big name acquisitions followed, as the company expanded its reach and scope, including competitor Verity and content management firm Interwoven.
Most recently, Lynch sold his company to HP for a staggering £6.6bn, while now-ousted Leo Apotheker was in charge at the computing giant and hoping to steer the firm away from hardware and towards software and services.
Second in the V3 poll was mathematical genius and cryptographer Alan Turing, whose work at Bletchley Park on breaking the German Enigma code helped accelerate the end of the Second World War.
Given his status as one of the fathers of modern computer science, it's somewhat surprising that Turing only received 21 per cent of the votes.
A Brief History of Time author Stephen Hawking came third, with 13 per cent of the votes, while Labour MP Tom Watson, whose opposition to the Digital Economy Act and scrutiny of News International executives during the phone-hacking scandal has earned him plaudits, followed with two per cent.
Just one per cent of V3 readers opted for the government's Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox.
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