Raspberry Pi – the low cost, high performance micro-computer – has reached a new milestone. It is being immortalised on a Royal Mail stamp.
The first-class stamp is part of a collection of six stamps produced to commemorate 50 years of British engineering. Having sold its 25 millionth device earlier this year, the 8 years of Raspberry Pi history have certainly had a big impact on British engineering history as a whole.
This collection of stamps also features the Falkirk Wheel boat lift, catalytic converter, MRI imaging, synthetic bone-grafts, and the Crossrail project. Each of these systems has had its own major impact on engineering across the world over the past 50 years.
The Raspberry Pi was first launched in 2012 to inspire children to learn how to code, but it wasn’t long before people saw the wide range of possibilities for this credit card-sized computer. Whether creating a motorised skateboard or a voice-activated, colour-changing, 3D-printed dragon, the number of uses are endless.
Due to its sheer versatility, this is not only the most successful British computer ever produced, but also the third most popular computer platform ever, after the PC and Mac. This set of components is engaging 250,000 young people every week, inspiring the next generation of computer programmers and engineers that the technological future will need.
We don’t envy the people having to make the choices about what to put on stamps like this
In a blog post, Raspberry Pi’s Executive Director of Communications Liz Upton said: “We don’t envy the people having to make the choices about what to put on stamps like this: how do you sift through fifty years of great engineering in a country like Great Britain that produces so much to admire?”.
The release of these stamps also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award, which was won by the Raspberry Pi in 2017. The nominations for this year’s award are now in the final stage of shortlisting, with the winner to be announced at the Royal Academy of Engineering Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday 11 July 2019.
This stamp collection will be on sale from Thursday 2nd May 2019 but will only be available until the 2nd August 2019. The collection sits alongside a celebration of the Harrier Jump Jet. You can buy the full presentation pack from the Royal Mail website for £13, or from your local Post Office.