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Alan Turing to be Face of New £50 Note
« on: July 15, 2019, 02:42:11 PM »
From the horse’s mouth: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/news/2019/july/50-pound-banknote-character-announcement

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Alan Turing was chosen following the Bank’s character selection process including advice from scientific experts. In 2018, the Banknote Character Advisory Committee chose to celebrate the field of science on the £50 note and this was followed by a six week public nomination period. The Bank received a total of 227,299 nominations, covering 989 eligible characters. The Committee considered all the nominations before deciding on a shortlist of 12 options, which were put to the Governor for him to make the final decision.

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Alan Turing provided the theoretical underpinnings for the modern computer. While best known for his work devising code-breaking machines during WWII, Turing played a pivotal role in the development of early computers first at the National Physical Laboratory and later at the University of Manchester. He set the foundations for work on artificial intelligence by considering the question of whether machines could think. Turing was homosexual and was posthumously pardoned by the Queen having been convicted of gross indecency for his relationship with a man. His legacy continues to have an impact on both science and society today.

The shortlisted options demonstrate the breadth of scientific achievement in the UK, from astronomy to physics, chemistry to palaeontology and mathematics to biochemistry. The shortlisted characters, or pairs of characters, considered were Mary Anning, Paul Dirac, Rosalind Franklin, William Herschel and Caroline Herschel, Dorothy Hodgkin, Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, Stephen Hawking, James Clerk Maxwell, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Ernest Rutherford, Frederick Sanger and Alan Turing.
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Re: Alan Turing to be Face of New £50 Note
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2019, 02:51:30 PM »
It seems the least they can do to honor a man who did so much for his country, and suffered such atrocious mistreatment in exchange.

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Re: Alan Turing to be Face of New £50 Note
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2019, 03:02:02 PM »
Great news  :)

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Re: Alan Turing to be Face of New £50 Note
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2019, 03:05:48 PM »
That short list would be hard to choose from.
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Re: Alan Turing to be Face of New £50 Note
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2019, 09:51:15 AM »
Turing's contribution to the War Effort puts it over the top for me. Generally, you put someone on a bill who helped create or preserve the country. Turing fits the bill so to speak.
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Re: Alan Turing to be Face of New £50 Note
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2019, 07:02:33 PM »
Turing's contribution to the War Effort puts it over the top for me. Generally, you put someone on a bill who helped create or preserve the country. Turing fits the bill so to speak.

How does J.M.W.Turner qualify then? He "just" a painter  ;) (He's to be on the £20 note beginning in 2020)

In the Commonwealth it is not unusual for people to be commemorated on notes for artistic merit (Writers, painters, poets etc)

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Re: Alan Turing to be Face of New £50 Note
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2019, 02:45:53 AM »
Turing seems like a good choice, though I would have personally preferred Mary Anning.

At least we have Jane Austen on the £10 note of this series. On the other hand, there's the £5 with Churchill, which is rather unfortunate.

 

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