Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, is a 2012 laureate for the Millennium Technology Prize . Also a laureate this year is Shinya Yamanaka, a stem cell  scientist who found a way to create stem-cell like lines from adult cells. Past winners of the Millennium Tech prize, awarded every other year by the Technology Academy Finland, include Tim Berners-Lee , for his role in creating the web. Other awards have honored the creation of dye-sensitized solar cells, DNA fingerprinting, and LEDs.
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