Brainstorming Science Stamps Mark the Royal Society's 350th Anniversary

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A special set of stamps are being issued today (25 February) by Royal Mail to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, the world's oldest continuous science academy.

These stamps commemorate some of the best known Fellows of the Royal Society and their extraordinary achievements. As we celebrate our 350th year we hope that they will generate a sense of excitement and pride in our scientific history, and strengthen our resolve to ensure that science yields new discoveries and benefits in the 21st century.

A special set of stamps are being issued today (25 February) by Royal Mail to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, the world's oldest continuous science academy. The stamp collection will feature a radical split-stamp design and are sure to be a fixture in any budding scientist or stamp collectors' stamp collection.

The ten 1st Class stamps feature significant figures from the Royal Society. The stamps show the scientists paired with dramatic and colourful 'brainstorming' imagery representing their achievements.

Royal Mail worked closely with experts from the Royal Society to select ten illustrious individuals. These include Sir Isaac Newton and Edward Jenner and were drawn from more than 1,400 Fellows and Foreign Members and over 60 Nobel Laureates.

Julietta Edgar, Head of Special Stamps at Royal Mail said: "For three and a half centuries the Royal Society has maintained its position at the forefront of enquiry and discovery, and at the cutting edge of scientific progress.

Now its hugely valuable role will be celebrated through stamps on millions of 1st Class letters across the UK and by collectors worldwide."

Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society, said: "These stamps commemorate some of the best known Fellows of the Royal Society and their extraordinary achievements. As we celebrate our 350th year we hope that they will generate a sense of excitement and pride in our scientific history, and strengthen our resolve to ensure that science yields new discoveries and benefits in the 21st century."

NOTES TO EDITORS
Images of the Royal Society stamps are available by telephoning Clare Ridley or Ben Gold at Eulogy! On 020 7927 9999 or via e-mail from stamps@eulogy.co.uk

For more than 50 years Royal Mail's Special Stamp programme has commemorated significant British anniversaries, marked major events and reflected life in the UK. Today, there are an estimated 2.5 million stamp collectors and gifters in the UK and tens of millions worldwide. As the inventor of the postage stamp, the UK is the only country in the world that does not have to print the country name on its stamps. Instead, an image of the Monarch identifies the nation. Her Majesty the Queen approves all British stamp designs before they are printed.

Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Office branches, online at http://www.royalmail.com/stamps and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), Royal Mail Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.

The Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences. Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as the UK academy of science, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency. http://www.royalsociety.org

The Royal Society Stamps

Value    Description
1st - First Class inland letter rate     Robert Boyle - Chemistry
1st - First Class inland letter rate     Sir Isaac Newton - Optics
1st - First Class inland letter rate     Benjamin Franklin - Electricity
1st - First Class inland letter rate     Edward Jenner - Vaccination
1st - First Class inland letter rate     Charles Babbage - Computing
1st - First Class inland letter rate     Alfred Russel Wallace - Evolution
1st - First Class inland letter rate     Sir Joseph Lister - Antiseptic Surgery
1st - First Class inland letter rate     Ernest Rutherford - Atomic Structure
1st - First Class inland letter rate     Dorothy Hodgkin - Crystallography
1st - First Class inland letter rate     Sir Nicholas Shackleton - Earth Science

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