Think science for the new £50 note

Find out how to nominate someone to be on our new £50 note

Tell us who should be on our new note

We’re creating a new £50. We want it to feature someone who’s contributed to science. And we need your help to decide who that should be.

Nominate now

At 26 November 2018, we had received a total of 174,112 nominations. We have published a list of eligible names that were nominated in the first week (covering the first 114,000 nominations). Thank you to everyone who has nominated so far, we will release the list of all eligible nominations once the window closes.

What you need to know

You can nominate as many people as you like. But anyone who appears on the new £50 note must:

  • have contributed to the field of science
  • be real – so no fictional characters please
  • not be alive - Her Majesty the Queen is the only exception
  • have shaped thought, innovation, leadership or values in the UK
  • inspire people, not divide them 

You can suggest anyone who has contributed to the fields of pure or applied science. That could include: astronomy, biology, bio-technology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medical research, physics, technology and zoology. 

Watch our video if you’d like some inspiration.


Nominate now

Or write to: Think Science, Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AH.

You’ve got until Friday 14 December 2018. We’ll announce the chosen character in 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. 

Find out more about choosing banknote characters.

Worksheet for schools and students

We also have a worksheet available so that you can design your own banknote and share it with us. 

This page was last updated 26 November 2018
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