Looks Like Harry Maguire Won't Feature On The Polymer £50 Note

Well, despite all our hopes of Harry Maguire featuring on the £50 note, the Bank of England have said the new polymer currency will feature one of the world's prominent scientists - and they're taking nominations as to who that should be.

Unfortunately for the clever-clogs among you who thought a science GCSE might be enough to see your face emblazoned on the note, the likes of Stephen Hawking and Ada Lovelace feature more prominently among those in the running.

Credit: Bank of England
Credit: Bank of England

Along with the lovely Queen Liz, the current paper note also features a portrait of industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton. But this is all is going to change as the note prepares for the polymer overhaul.

The public are being given the chance to vote for their favourite scientist to feature over the next six weeks - the Bank's governor, Mark Carney, made the announcement at the Science Museum in London.

He said: "There is a wealth of individuals whose work has shaped how we think about the world and who continue to inspire people today. Our banknotes are an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of UK society and highlight the contributions of its greatest citizens."

Nominations can include anyone who worked in any field of science, including astronomy, biology, bio-technology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medical research, physics, technology or zoology.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Last month, LADbible readers voted for who they'd like to see on the note, and a whopping 42 percentage of 22,000 voters said they wanted to see the late scientist Stephen Hawking.

The physicist passed away earlier this year, aged 76, but during his life he helped make huge advances in science as well as battling motor neurone disease for decades - after being told he'd only have years to live when he was in his twenties.

The renowned cosmologist was also said to have a devilish sense of humour, even making a series of guest appearances as himself in The Simpsons.

Alan Turing has been another prominent suggestion - he was the man behind the very first computer and helped Britain win the war with his machine. Horrifically, the renowned genius was convicted of homosexuality charges in 1952, before it was legalised, and given chemical castration. He ultimately went on to take his own life, although in 2013 he was posthumously pardoned.

And women certainly haven't been forgotten here - Ada Lovelace was the famous English mathematician who worked on an early general-purpose computer called the Analytical Engine back in the 1800s, definitely making her a strong candidate.

Another woman who could be in the running is Rosalind Franklin - back in the 1950s, her work helped lead to the discovery of the structure of DNA. As with many women of her era, she was lamentably overlooked at the time - so maybe her inclusion could serve as some well-deserved justice.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

As far as we know, Harry Maguire hasn't made any breakthroughs in science (YET). But he does have six weeks to try, so now's the time to get his arse in gear and invent time travel or something - assuming he fancies replacing Matthew Boulton on the shortlist.

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Rachael Grealish

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