Thursday, March 22, 2012

New e-petition - #Turing on the £10 note

Charles Darwin on the £10 note
Another e-petition has been started to honour Alan Turing. This time it's to place him on the £10 banknote.  At present the following people are on British banknotes: Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Fry (a prison reformer), John Houblon (1st Governor of the Bank of England), Adam Smith (the economist), Matthew Boulton and James Watt (engineers). and of course the Queen. Previously, Sir Isaac Newton, the Duke of WellingtonFlorence NightingaleWilliam ShakespeareSir Christopher Wren, George Stephenson, Charles Dickens, and Michael Faraday have been on the banknotes.
   Certainly Alan Turing would sit comfortably amongst Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Shakespeare, Dickens and Faraday. So I support the idea, though I'd like Darwin to still remain - he's another hero of mine.
    The petition says, "Alan Turing is a national hero. His contribution to computer science, and hence to the life of the nation and the world, is incalculable. The ripple-effect of his theories on modern life continues to grow, and may never stop."
    Sign the e-petition here (open to UK citizens and residents).


There are two other e-petitions concerning Alan Turing open at the moment. A petition to have his conviction pardoned and a petition to erect a statue to him on the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.