The Bank of England has asked the public to nominate a scientist over the next six weeks as the face of the new plastic £50 note, in addition to the Queen.
The theme for the new note is a celebration of the UK’s achievements in science, the Bank added. Some of the names suggested so far include Professor Stephen Hawking and Ada Lovelace, a 19th-century mathematician known as the “grandmother of computing”.
Bank of England governor Mark Carney added: “I am delighted 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. My colleagues and I look forward to hearing from the public as they think science and put forward their nominations.”