W. H. Heydt wrote:Still...it does put him on the British Order of Precedence...along with in excess 100K other people.
In terms of precedence it's pretty low down -
The Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II.
The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The Prince of Wales.
Archbishop of Canterbury.
Lord High Chancellor.
Archbishop of York.
The Prime Minister.
Ambassadors and High Commissioners.
Ministers and Envoys.
Eldest sons of Dukes of Blood Royal.
Dukes' eldest sons
Marquesses' eldest sons.
Earls' eldest sons.
Bishops of London, Durham and Winchester.
Other English Bishops.
Secretaries of State, if of the degree of Baron.
Viscounts' eldest sons.
Knights of the Garter.
Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Lord Chief Justice of England.
Master of the Roll.
Lords Justices of Appeal.
Judges of the High Court.
Sons of Life Peers.
Knights of the Thistle.
Members of the Order of Merit.
Official Referees of the Supreme Court.
Commanders of the British Empire.
Officers of the British Empire.
Baronet's eldest sons.
Members of the British Empire.
Navel, Military, Air and other Esquires by office.
Don't get me wrong; I am all in favour of recognizing service and contribution, just not the way we do it with our Honours system.
Eben deserve recognition but, he's not the only one; all those who made the Pi what it is deserve credit for their part in that. I am sure they are all proud of their achievements, and may be happy with that, but it seems a poor show to me that the best Liz gets is "wife of CBE" and the rest "friend of CBE".
No matter how well Eben or anyone else does, they will never reach the dizzying heights of those granted their title simply by virtue of their birth. I can't throw out my opposition to the elitist and class-based Honours system we have just because a few people I think deserve recognition get that.