Nobel laureate and designer to be celebrated in new Royal Mail stamp set

By Rosa Doherty, March 24, 2014

A Jewish-born Nobel laureate and a pioneering graphic designer are celebrated in a new set of Royal Mail stamps issued this week.

Max Perutz and artist Abrams Games are among 10 20th-century figures from the fields of sport, economics, and the arts who are remembered in the “Remarkable Lives” series.

Perutz was a molecular biologist who devoted his life to the study of haemoglobin, and won the Nobel Prize in 1962.

Born in Austria, he came to Britain in 1936 to take a job as a researcher at Cambridge University. Although his parents were Jewish by ancestry they had him baptised as a Catholic. He died in 2002.

East Ender Abram Games was noted for the posters he designed to support the war effort between 1939 and 1945.

He as the only official War Office artist ever appointed , and also created the symbol for the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Other figures in the set include poet Dylan Thomas, actors Sir Alec Guinness and Kenneth More, and England international footballer and manager Joe Mercer.

The stamps go on sale on Tuesday March 25.

Last updated: 11:22am, March 24 2014