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Subject:Nominate a scientist for the £50 note
Time:11:35 pm
The Bank of England wants nominations for a scientist to be featured on the new £50 note. The rules are that the person has to be

(a) a scientist and
(b) dead

I think they also have to be a real person (the site where I heard about this said so, but it isn't mentioned on the nomination page) rather than a fictional character, and British though they don't actually say so - I think any non-Brits will be fairly low on the list. They also ask for a very brief summary of the reasons why the person is important.

I've gone with Rosalind Franklin, one of the pioneers of X-Ray crystallography and an important figure in the discovery of the structure of DNA.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalind_Franklin

You can nominate on this page:

https://app.keysurvey.co.uk/f/1348443/10fc/

The page doesn't ask for any personal details about the person making the nomination.

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speakr2customrs
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Time:2018-11-06 10:09 am (UTC)
I've nominated James Clerk Maxwell.
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ffutures
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Time:2018-11-06 02:45 pm (UTC)
OK, a good choice.
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jhall1
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Time:2018-11-06 02:54 pm (UTC)
Me too. I think he's second only to Newton (who of course has already been on a note) among British physicists and perhaps even among British scientists. But I rather suspect that, if it's not a woman, the choice will be Steven Hawking, whom far more of the general public have heard of.
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speakr2customrs
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Time:2018-11-06 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'd put Maxwell level with, or even ahead of, Newton; Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan,and Max Planck agree with me. But yes, the general public would probably go with the less visionary, but more widely known, Stephen Hawking.
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ffutures
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Time:2018-11-07 10:10 am (UTC)
Hawking is very likely given how recently he died, but I'd agree that Maxwell is probably more significant in the long term. Still hoping for Franklin though, every other woman I've heard of being nominated is more directly in the medical field and there are other areas of science where women are active.
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jhall1
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Time:2018-11-07 02:52 pm (UTC)
There's Jocelyn Bell Burnell. But ISTR the person has to be no longer alive.
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ffutures
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Time:2018-11-08 11:02 am (UTC)
It's the reverse of the Nobel Prize where you have to be alive to be nominated.
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