Earlier this month, there was an event at the Science Museum to launch the character nomination period for the new £50 note. The Governor of the Bank of England had announced that the new polymer £50 note will celebrate the UK’s achievements in science.
Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, said that “the new £50 will celebrate the UK’s contribution to science. 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.”
Members of the public will have until the 14th of December 2018 to nominate a historical character that had influenced society in the UK and made contributions to science. For nominations to qualify, these historical characters could have worked in any field of science, whether it’s biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, medical research, engineering, technology, biotechnology, mathematics, or zoology.
The Governor of the Bank of England had also announced the appointment of four experts in the field of science to the Banknote Character Advisory Committee, namely, Dr. Emily Grossman, Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Dr. Simon Singh, and Professor Simon Schaffer. These experts will join the permanent members of the Committee in developing a shortlist from the range of characters that were nominated by the public. The Governor will then make a decision from the shortlist and there will be an announcement for the final decision in 2019. There will also be an announcement for the concept design for the new £50 note as well.
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