Turing £10 Note Gets Support Of 7,000 E-Petitioners

What do historical figures Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens and Alan Turing have in common? Well should the Bank of England give the campaign the go-ahead, then they will all have featured on the £10 note.

Nearly 7,000 people have lent their support to the scheme, signing an e-petition calling for national hero and World War Two code creaker, Alan Turing, to replace Charles Darwin when the current design expires within the next few years.

Creator of the petition, mobile network engineer Thomas Thurman, praised the work of the mathematician: "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."

Turing, who would have celebrated his centenary this year, is considered to be one of the UK's most unsung heroes - attributing his success to the lifechanging work that saw him help decipher the German code at Bletchley Park.

"I noticed that the current £10 note is coming towards the end of its life and thought it would be a good way to pay tribute to the massive effect Turing has had on all our lives," explained Thurman.

"Many people still don't know who he was or what he did."

"He would make a good replacement for Darwin, I think. Both were scientists and both were counter-establishment in many ways."

The e-petition asks the Treasury to "request the Bank of England to consider depicting Alan Turing when Series F £10 banknotes are designed". However, it is up to the Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, whether or not the UK will witness the unveiling of £10 Turing notes.

Source: The Telegraph