Think science for the £50 note

We got 227,299 nominations and 989 eligible names for the face of the new £50

On 2 November 2018 we asked you to help us decide who should be the face of the new £50 note.

We made this video:

A big thank you to everyone who got involved

We had a fantastic response when we asked you to help us choose who’ll be the face on the new £50. We got 227,299 nominations during our six-week nomination window which closed on Friday 14 December.  

From your nominations we’ve created a list of 989 people who meet our criteria. At this stage, it simply means they are all real, deceased and have contributed to science in the UK.

The Banknote Character Advisory Committee will now consider the merits of each. We’ll announce who’ll appear on the new note in summer 2019.

How we choose who goes on notes

We make the decision based on the characters’ strengths, not how many nominations they get. We also take account of who we’ve chosen in the past, because we want to make sure we feature a wide diversity of people and fields on our notes. 

The Governor has responded to a letter from Helen Grant MP about the diversity considerations throughout the character selection process. 

Find out more about choosing banknote characters.

This page was last updated 25 February 2019
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