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British Designer Of First Laptop Honoured

The Duke of Edinburgh has awarded the prestigious Prince Philip Designers Prize to the designer of the world's first laptop computer in recognition for a lifetime of achievements in design.

Designer Bill Moggridge, who is currently the director og the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, was chosen for the honour from a short list of prominent pioneers of design, including fashion designer Dame Viviene Westwood and the creator of the London 2012 Aquatics Centre.

Moggridge designed the Grid Compass computer, which went on sale with a price tag of £4,900 ($,8,000) in 1982. The laptop came with its own operating system, Grid OS. The high price of the machine meant that it was built to carry out special applications, and was chiefly sold to the US government.

Expressing his astonishment at receiving the prize, Moggridge said in a statement to BBC News: “I'm really amazed. The other nominees are such super-heroes of mine and have incredible bodies of work.”

The Prince Philip Designers Prize was established by the Duke of Edinburgh back in 1959 and is awarded annually to encourage entrepreneurship.