It was announced today that the new polymer £50 note will celebrate the UK’s achievements in science, and will feature a prominent British scientist. Nominations from the public are invited.
Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, said, “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.”
This announcement provides Metric Views with an opportunity to recall that no fewer than six British scientists have been honoured by having SI units named after them, and that three of these have also previously featured on English bank notes.
From 1978 to 1988, the £1 note featured Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician and physicist (1642-1727). The newton (N) is the SI coherent derived unit of force.
Louis Harold Gray, English physicist (1905-1965). The gray (Gy) is the SI coherent derived unit of absorbed dose of ionising radiation.
James Prescott Joule, English physicist, mathematician and brewer (1818-1889). The joule (J) is the SI coherent derived unit of energy.
Lord Kelvin (William Thomson), Scottish scientist (1824-1907). The kelvin (K) is the unit of absolute temperature and is one of the seven SI base units.
Nominations can be made online at the following link:
Nominations close on 14 December 2018.