Daniel Zeichner MP has unveiled the stamp of Molecular Biologist Max Perutz on a Cambridge post box to mark the 50th anniversary of Royal Mail’s much-loved modern Special Stamps programme.
50 special stamp plaques are being installed on post boxes across the UK. Each plaque features one of the most popular stamps which has a special connection with the UK city, town or village in which it is located.
Molecular biologist Max Perutz featured on a Special Stamp in 2014 as part of the ‘Remarkable Lives’ set commemorating individuals who have made a major contribution to British society. At Cambridge he founded and chaired (1962-;79) The Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology.
Unveiling the new stamp plaque, Daniel Zeichner MP said:
“This is a first class way to celebrate Royal Mail’s celebration stamps and the work of noble prize winning molecular biologist Max Perutz.
Max Perutz made his home in our city as he studied the make up of haemoglobin.
I am delighted to unveil the plaque featuring the Max Perutz stamp on a Royal Mail postbox here in Cambridge.”
James Tully, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager for Cambridge added:
“The UK’s towns and cities have influenced stamp designs over the past 50 years. We are proud that one of our postboxes in Cambridge features the stamp of Max Perutz. We hope that all our customers and visitors to Cambridge enjoy this special stamp plaque and might even take a photo as a memento.”
The Royal Mail modern stamp programme has features a total of 2,663 Special Stamps since July 1965 and every new stamp design is approved by Her Majesty, The Queen before it is issued. The special stamp programme has mirrored the changes in society and culture at large.”