Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales will be honored by several organizations in the coming months:
Time Magazine has named Wales as part of its 2006 TIME 100 list, honoring the 100 most influential figures in entertainment, religion, politics, and technology. Voting is underway at Time's website for the most influential scientist/thinker of the year; currently, Wales is 9th of 10, trailing eight others headed by leader Al Gore (in a different category— see below link).
Reference: Time Magazine 2006 Time 100 Poll— This article stub lists all 100 Time Nominees.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation plans to award Jimmy Wales one of its prestigious Pioneer Awards on Wednesday, according to a Thursday press release. Gigi Sohn and Craig Newmark and Jim Buckmaster of Craigslist will also be honored. Previous recipients of the award include internet pioneers Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee, Linux founder Linus Torvalds, and free software advocate Richard Stallman.
Knox College, an Illinois liberal arts college, will present Wales with an honorary doctor of laws degree at their 2006 commencement ceremony, to be held on 3 June. At the ceremony, former diplomat and human trafficking opponent Shirley E. Barnes and comedian Stephen Colbert will also receive honorary degrees. Like Wales, Colbert was also named one of the TIME 100.