Alan Turing is the new face of the £50 note

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Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing is the new face of the £50 banknote, it has been confirmed by the Bank of England.

The famous mathematician is credited as being the 'father of computer science' and was selected by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney at Manchester's Science and Industry Museum today.

The banknote will enter circulation by the end of 2021 and will feature a quote from the man himself, given in a 1949 Times newspaper interview: “This is only a foretaste of what is to come, and only the shadow of what is going to be.”

Alan Turing

It was a group of scientific experts that fought for Mr Turing's selection on one side of the famous red banknote, after his name was put forward a significant amount of times over a six-week voting period in 2018.

A total of 989 eligible candidates were put forward, which included a total of 227,299 votes, and amongst those 989 names included the likes of Stephen Hawking, William Herschel, Rosalind Franklin, Ada Lovelace and many, many more icons of scientific achievement.

Speaking about the selection, Governor Carney said: “Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today.

Alan Turing

“As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far-ranging and path-breaking. Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.”

The new design will feature a photo of Turing taken in 1951, which is part of the Photographs Collection at the National Portrait Gallery.

We couldn't be happier with the decision. Long live Alan Turing!

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