The Face of Science (and the Fifty Pound Note)
Recognizing and celebrating the efforts of both male and female scientists
Stephanie Sutton |
It is traditional in many countries for banknotes to feature historical figures. But asking the British general public to choose who will adorn the new £50 note seems a risky move; the same British public voted overwhelmingly to name a polar research ship “RSS Boaty McBoatface” (a decision that was overruled – a win for sensibleness – RSS Sir David Attenborough launched in July 2018). Anticipating a certain amount of very British silliness, the Bank of England quickly asserted in its “Think Science!” campaign that nominations must be i) a scientist and ii) deceased, and has firmly stated: “no fictional characters.” And, if all fails, the final decision will be down to a panel of scientists. If you’re not put off by all the sensible rules, you can submit a nomination here.
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