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JC Bose among nominees to become face of UK’s new £50 note

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Published on November 30, 2018 with No Comments

Indian physicist and physiologist Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose was  revealed among hundreds of scientists nominated in the first stage of the Bank of England’s search for the face to feature on a new £50 note to go into print from 2020. Bose, who was born in Bengal during the British Raj in 1858, is credited with proving that animals and plants share much in common as a result of his very early experimentations and the creation of a very sophisticated instrument called the crescograph to detect minute responses of living organisms. He is nominated alongside Stephen Hawking as the Bank of England said it had received 1,74,112 nominations since it confirmed that the new note would feature a scientist who had made a significant contribution to British science.“At this first stage, a nomination has been deemed eligible simply if the character is real, deceased and has contributed to the field of science in the UK in any way,” the Bank of England said.

Among the 600 men and 200 women in the early nominations, the list includes computing pioneers Alan Turing and Ada Lovelace, telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell, astronomer Patrick Moore and former British PM Margaret Thatcher, who qualified because of her work as a chemist before her career in politics The names, once finalised after the December 14 deadline for the close of nominations, will be considered by the bank’s banknote character advisory committee.


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