Saturday, February 27, 2010

HoS Micropost: The Royal Mail celebrates the Royal Society

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/27 at 10:56 PM

The Royal Mail has issued a set of 10 stamps celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society. Each stamp features an important figure from the last three centuries of science, including, of course, Newton. The collection is dominated by men—Dorothy Hodgkin is the only woman on this set of stamps. The iconography is particularly interesting. The top of each person’s head, from the eyebrows up, has been replaced by an illustration related to the person’s contribution to science. The person’s brain is simply the science for which that person is remembered.

The Royal Mail’s new stamp celebrating Robert Boyle

I particularly like the stamp for Enerst Rutherford, with its illustration of the atomic structure at the center of his head.

The Royal Mail’s new stamp celebrating Ernest Rutherford

See all ten stamps at the Royal Society’s site: Science Stamps

Tags: hagiography, royal society