Turing puts his stamp on history

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CODEBREAKING hero Alan Turing is to be commemorated on a new stamp issued by the Royal Mail.

The stamp will be officially released on February 24 and will be one of 10 designs remembering famous historical figures.

The official collection of 10 stamps will make up Royal Mail’s Britons of Distinction collection.

The designs will include other famous people who would have celebrated centenaries this year and will also include the allied war heroine Odette Hallowes of the Special Operations Executive, composer Frederick Delius and architect Sir Basil Spence, to mark the golden jubilee of Coventry Cathedral.

The Turing stamp is especially fitting as 2012 marks what would have been Alan Turing’s 100th birthday year.

The stamp itself depicts the Bombe codebreaking machine that e played a massive part in the Second World War efforts, deciphering codes and messages sent by German soldiers.

The Bombe machine was designed by Turing himself and, along with the Enigma machine, was of great importance to the British war effort.

Bletchley Park Post Office has been working on a first day cover for the Turing stamp.

Working closely with Bletchley Park Trust and the Turing Centenary Advisory Committe it planned to reveal the design at a London stamp exhibition in February.

However, the above picture is an exclusive sneak preview of the design.