Bank of England searches for scientist for new £50 note


November 15th, 2018

The Bank of England is asking the public to help decide which prominent British scientist should feature on its new £50 note.

Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, recently announced that the new polymer £50 note will celebrate the UK’s achievements in science – and invited the public to nominate a historical character who has contributed to science and influenced UK society.

Nominated scientists must have worked in any field of science including astronomy, biology, bio-technology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medical research, physics, technology or zoology.

Mark Carney said: “There is a wealth of individuals whose work has shaped how we think about the world and who continue to inspire people today. Our banknotes are an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of UK society and highlight the contributions of its greatest citizens.”

A shortlist of characters will be selected by a committee after the nominations close, with the final decision to be announced in 2019 alongside a concept design for the new note.

Want to make a nomination? Visit the nominations webpage and add your suggestion by Friday 14 December 2018.

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