For example, Google and other search engines would not work without the principle of least power , which a lot of people, including Alan Kay , somehow don't understand. That is, if the web language was a VM rather than HTML, there would be no Google.
It would also not have been possible for the web to make the jump from desktops to cell phones as the #1 client now. You know the handler in iOS and Android that makes <select> boxes usable? That's an example of the principle of least power.
I recommend reading his book "Weaving the Web"  if you want to learn more about the story behind the web.
I'm very glad that TBL is getting this recognition. He is a genius and also has a very generous personality.
People in the programming community seem to talk about Torvalds or Stallman a lot, perhaps because of their loud styles, but I don't see that much about TBL.
Ditto in the CS community. "HyperText" used to be a big research area but I guess TBL solved it and people don't talk about it anymore.