NewsWire: J.R.R. Tolkien Named One of 100 Greatest Britons - Associated Press
LONDON - Princess Diana is in, Prince Charles is out.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison are on the list of the 100 greatest Britons of all time released Wednesday, but Ringo is not.
Richard Burton made it, but Elizabeth Taylor didn't.
The British Broadcasting Corp. polled more than 30,000 people to come up with the list, in which John Lydon (better known as Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten) and Boy George mingle with Winston Churchill, Isaac Newton and Tim Berners Lee, the father of the Internet.
In this list J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling (<i>Harry Potter</i>) joined the ranks of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
Stretching eligibility to all of the British Isles, the list also includes two Irish rockers, Bono of U2 and Bob Geldof.
The BBC2 television channel plans a series of programs later in the year to choose a top ten.
"I'm sure this series will arouse enthusiastic debate in offices and homes all around the country. Just from talking to people I've got a real sense of how passionately they feel about the subject and who they feel is worthy of the title of Great Briton," said Jane Root, comptroller of BBC2.
The top 100, in alphabetical order:
Alfred the Great
Lord Baden Powell
Alexander Graham Bell
Tim Berners Lee
Robert the Bruce
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Captain James Cook
Diana, Princess of Wales
King Edward I
Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
King Henry II
King Henry V
King Henry VIII
Paul Hewson (Bono)
David Lloyd George
John Logie Baird
John Lydon (Johnny Rotten)
James Clerk Maxwell
Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery
Admiral Horatio Nelson
George O'Dowd (Boy George)
King Richard III
Robert Falcon Scott
Duke of Wellington