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Nominate scientists for new £50 note

The new £50 note will feature a prominent British scientist, the Bank of England has announced.

In addition to the Queen, the note will include the portrait of an eminent late scientist and the public are being asked for nominations.

There are currently 330 million £50 notes in circulation, with a combined value of £16.5bn.

The Bank’s Governor, Mark Carney, said: “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.”

A shortlist will be drawn up by a committee, including four science experts, and a final decision will be made by Mr Carney. Nominations can be made on the Bank of England website.

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