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Think science, says Bank of England

It has been announced that a British scientist will be on the new £50 in addition to Her Majesty the Queen.

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The new £50 note will be printed on polymer, much like the £10 and £5 notes

The Bank of England is allowing the British public to choose which prominent scientist should be on the new note. There is not a shortlist as such, rather an open-ended option to suggest a scientist from the different fields such as medicine, engineering, physics and astronomy.

There was an argument over whether or not to completely abolish the £50 note as its is not really used for every day transactions. Some have argued that the tender is only used by criminals.

There is a wealth of individuals whose work has shaped how we think about the world and who continue to inspire people today

Over the summer, the England men’s football team enjoyed a successful run in the World Cup, a campaign that led them to the semi-finals. Harry Maguire was a key member of the team and thousands signed a petition to have a picture of him printed on the new note. However, this petition was obviously rejected for various reasons including the fact that the figure must be deceased.

De la Rue will print the £50 note as it has a contract with the Bank of England which it will continue to do so. The company has made headlines over the last year when it lost the contract to print the British passport.

Our banknotes are an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of UK society and highlight the contributions of its greatest citizens

In a statement, Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, comments: “I am delighted that the new £50 note 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. My colleagues and I look forward to hearing from the public as they think science and put forward their nominations.”

There have already been over 10,000 suggestions on the bank’s website.



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