Alan Turing: WW2 code-breaking hero will be next face on £50 note

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Pioneering Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing will be the next person to feature on the £50 note, the Bank of England has confirmed today.

The mathematician, who cracked the German Enigma code and was known as the 'father of computer science' for his innovative methods, was revealed as the new face of the currency at a conference at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester this morning.

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It comes after the Bank of England asked the public to nominate a person with a historic scientific contribution for the new note last year.

Governor Mark Carney revealed Turing was chosen from a list of 989 candidates put forward in more than 220,000 nominations.

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The new polymer £50 note is expected to enter circulation by the end of 2021.

Turing was homosexual at a time when it was illegal and he was posthumously pardoned by the Queen after his death in 1954, having previously been convicted of gross indecency for his relationship with a man.

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The note will also feature a quote from Turing, given in an interview to the Times newspaper on June 11, 1949: 'This is only a foretaste of what is to come, and only the shadow of what is going to be.'

Turing was chosen following the Bank's character selection process which included advice from scientific experts.

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In 2018, the Banknote Character Advisory Committee chose to celebrate the field of science on the £50 note, and members of the public were invited to put forward names over a six-week period.

A shortlist was then drawn up by the committee from the 989 people proposed, with the Governor making the final decision.

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The Bank said the shortlist demonstrated the breadth of scientific achievement in the UK, from astronomy to physics, chemistry to palaeontology and mathematics to biochemistry.

And the news was welcomed by the British public, with...
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