Petition for Alan Turing on £10 note gains steam


A "Tenner", "Ten quid" or 10 £1 coins in a handy paper note form!

The note above is £10 from the Bank of England. Upon it is an image of Charles Darwin, famous for his work and research, creating and validating evolution as a theory. Darwin has been on the note for a considerable period of time, alongside an estimation of some of the flora and fauna he may have seen during his travels aboard the HMS Beagle. Darwin's historic contribution has undoubtedly been massive, but his time as the face of the £10 note may be running short.

A petition on the official government website has seen some traction, including being posted to Reddit's r/Technology subreddit. Alan Turing is famous for his work on the modern computer, though also was remarkable for other reasons. For example, Turing displayed some symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome, and also worked at Bletchley Park during WWII. Bletchley Park is famed as the location where the supposedly unbreakable 'Enigma' machine pioneered in the Third Reich was cracked, and information from Germany's High Command became readable.

In some ways, using Turing as the face of the £10 would be socially progressive: he was homosexual, and was prosecuted as a criminal in 1952 for this, suffering chemical castration as a result. Turing died in 1954 from cyanide poisoning, ruled as suicide. The topic has been one of intense debate since this, with his mother believing it was accidental death. Furthermore, theories exist that Apple's logo was inspired by Turing's supposed method of suicide: he bit into an apple laced with cyanide. This was denied by Apple themselves, and it is even questioned whether this proved to be Turing's cause of death. The apple was never tested for cyanide.

The post has made it to the front page of the Technology subreddit, and at the time of writing, the actual petition has over 3,800 signatures. Of course, it is entirely possible the petition will be overlooked, as has happened before. Despite this, it has inspired a group of Redditors to contribute their thoughts and views towards Turing appearing on the note. As is typical of Reddit and its public commenting though, it is possible comments will become NSFW over time, so readers may want to avoid viewing it at work.

£10 Note source: http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/happy-darwin-day.html

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Sad that his sexuality has to be mentioned every time he is. Respect the man for his accomplishments, not what he did behind closed doors. I would love to support this if it were for his contributions to technology, not the fact that he was persecuted for something he chose to admit knowing it was illegal at the time.

Slayer said,
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Except that his being incarcerated is just as important to the human rights issue as his technical achievements are to the computing industry.

But hey, let's rewrite history just to make sure that only half of his accomplishments are recognized.

dotf said,

Except that his being incarcerated is just as important to the human rights issue as his technical achievements are to the computing industry.

But hey, let's rewrite history just to make sure that only half of his accomplishments are recognized.

Turing was never incarcerated and the homosexuality laws in Britain weren't changed until 15 years after he killed himself.

But hey, let's rewrite history just to make sure it's friendly to your opinions.

Alan Turing deserves to be on the £10 note much more than Darwin does. Without him many great things wouldn't have been discovered and all Darwin did was make up some thing about how humans evolved and how White men were superior to African men.

GreenOwner said,
Alan Turing deserves to be on the £10 note much more than Darwin does. Without him many great things wouldn't have been discovered and all Darwin did was make up some thing about how humans evolved and how White men were superior to African men.

Wat?

having Alan turing on any of the £10 note is a fantasitc way to finaly give credit to what this man did. he and his family should not have to suffer the bigots of this world who apose him and what he was. IMO he still deservs a pardon and i hope the goverment and queen of this country see sence and pardon him, if not once prince william is king im sure he will make it so.

Signed .

Edited by xSuRgEx, Mar 21 2012, 9:44pm :

xSuRgEx said,
having Alan turing on any of the £10 note is a fantasitc way to finaly give credit to what this man did. he and his family should not have to suffer the bigots of this world who apose him and what he was. IMO he still deservs a pardon and i hope the goverment and queen of this country see sence and pardon him, if not once prince william is king im sure he will make it so.

Signed .


It says on the link you clicked in order to sign:

"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"

Ah what the heck. I've just signed it now. It'd be nice to see a 20th century British pioneer on the notes. Why £10, though? Was that arbitrarily chosen?

Tom said,
Keep Darwin! Stick Turing on the £20.

I agree, I'm not British, but I honestly think the £10 note is really classy with Charles Darwin on it.

Zagadka said,
Yea, keep Darwin, find another place for Turing.

We could really do with a 99 or 98 pence coin, I'm for ever having to find extra pocket change or get a 1 or 2 pence back from buying stupid priced stuffs.

sagum said,

We could really do with a 99 or 98 pence coin, I'm for ever having to find extra pocket change or get a 1 or 2 pence back from buying stupid priced stuffs.

Simpler solution would be to get rid of the penny/pence whatever
Context: http://youtu.be/y5UT04p5f7U

Tom said,
Keep Darwin! Stick Turing on the £20.

That's not how it works. The person on the note gets replaced every time the note is updated. He'd have been removed anyway, so it might as well be someone of roughly equal importance.

Tom said,
Keep Darwin! Stick Turing on the £20.

Indeed, take Adam Smith off the £20 - most people haven't heard of him anyway.

Tom said,
Keep Darwin! Stick Turing on the £20.

Completely agree with this. Darwin is a giant in the scientific world and he should stay on our money. Turing was also undoubtedly a huge pioneer so recognition on our money wouldn't be a bad thing.