Pure's CEO heads UK tech New Year's Honours List

The UK tech scene has been recognised in the New Year's Honours List, with plenty of awards being handed out.

The New Year Honours List is out, and some personalities from the tech world have been recognised for their efforts.

Dr Hossein Yassaie, CEO of Imagination Technologies, which is Pure's parent company, has been knighted for services to technology and innovation. Professor Peter Ware Higgs was made a Companion of Honour for services to physics -- specifically for his work proving the existence of the Higgs particle, made possible by the Large Hadron Collider. The man behind Lara Croft, a World War Two codebreaker, and a champion of e-commerce were also recognised.

Pure's Yossaie said in a statement: "I am absolutely delighted and deeply humbled to receive such prestigious recognition. This distinguished honour means a great deal to me both personally and professionally.

"I have always wanted to make a real difference by what I do and I see this honour not only as a major recognition for past effort but as a real encouragement for the future."

Ian Livingstone from Eidos (now Square Enix), the company behind Tomb Raider and Hitman, was honoured for services to the computer gaming industry. Captain Jerry Roberts, the last surviving codebreaker from Bletchley Park, who worked alongside Alan Turing, received an MBE. Martha Lane Fox, founder of lastminute.com and a self-proclaimed "dot com dinosaur" was made a CBE.

Other techy types honoured include Dr Michael William Weightman, for services to the improvement of nuclear safety, Professor Carol Vivien Robinson, for services to science and industry, Dr David Douglas Cleevely, for services to technology and innovation, Barry Cox of Digital UK, for services to the media and digital television, and Professor Richard Holdaway, for services to science and technology. You can see the full list for yourself here.

Was anyone in the UK tech scene overlooked? Let me know what you reckon in the comments, or over on our Facebook page.

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