The UK Bank of England is looking for inspiration for the new 50pound banknote. They have opened a survey for anyone anywhere to make suggestions. You can nominate as many people as you like, and be anyone anywhere. 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.
I think it would be interesting if we could individually propose Marie Curie. why in the UK? Well, she worked tirelessly in a field hospital in WWI treating Allied (ie including UK) soldiers and this is probably the start of her health decline, She has mobilised women everywhere and especially women in the Uk who started the entry into Science in the 90's; and finally, and most importnatly, she is the figurehead of a unified coordinated care and support for termnal sufferers, as well as coordinated research. So everyone in UK knows the name. You need to think of just 250 characters in support of your nomination - that's not a lot.....
If you have a moment, go to the Bank of England web site and nominate. Results will be announced at the next MCAA GA in Vienna.
So, think and go to https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/50-pound-note-nominations