Cashing in on Turing tenner

Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park

AN online petition to get Alan Turing featured on the back of a £10 note has gathered more than 16,000 signatures.

The man credited with breaking the Enigma code at Bletchley’s Station X during the Second World War, committed suicide in 1954 after being convicted of being a homosexual.

This Saturday, Mr Turing would have celebrated his 100th birthday and is widely regarded as a national hero for his work at Bletchley Park.

For many years, a petition has circulated online to get Mr Turing officially pardoned for his ‘crime’, getting support from Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, and the backing of the Citizen.

But to date, the call for an official pardon has been turned down, much to the disappointment of campaigners and his family.

Now, another petition, started in March has received more than 16,500 signatures to get Turing’s image immortalised on the next generation of £10 notes. Thomas Thurman, who set up the petition, wrote: “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. The current Bank of England £10 notes are Series E, but Series F notes are already in circulation for some denominations.

“We therefore call upon the Treasury to request the Bank of England to consider depicting Alan Turing when Series F £10 banknotes are designed.”

To sign the £10 note petition, visit the ‘Turing tenner’ petition website.