Petition for Alan Turing on £10 note breaks 20,000 signatures
Crypto-boffin fighting Branson and David Beckham
A petition to get British wartime crypto-boffin Alan Turing on the next ten-pound note has broken 20,000 signatures on the government's e-petition site.
At least 23,157 people have signed the pledge that praises his contribution to computer science, the nation and the world, and calls for Turing to replace Charles Darwin when the notes come up for a redesign.
After the petition passed the 10,000 mark the Treasury confirmed that Turing is on the list of people suggested by the public and is under consideration for inclusion on banknotes.
The full list, titled "Names suggested by the public for use on Bank of England Banknotes", is here [PDF], and includes David Beckham, Richard Branson, Princess Diana, Terry Pratchett, Jonny Wilkinson, John Cleese and Terry Wogan.
The petition closes on 21 March, 2013 if it hits 100,000 it will debated by a back bench committee of MPs. ®
Should only be deceased persons on the note and people of huge historic importance. Which rules out rubbish footballers like Beckham (why him and not one of the 1966 team members?).
The BBC showed an excellent documentary on Bletchley Park last night and it was sad to hear about the Tommy Flowers story. His son showed an IT certificate of him passing a dBASE,WordPerfect and Excel course in the early 1990s when he was in his 80s, something he had initially invented 50 years before. These people really deserve our utmost respect.
I think it would be nicer to have Tommy Flowers on the notes, as compensation for not getting the recognition he deserved in designing the first (semi)programmable computer. Or does being a cockney rather than a public schoolboy rule him out for such an honour.