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Notables: 14 scientists who shaped our lives

Find out more about the scientists who made the Bank of England's shortlist to be the face of the new £50 note, and discover why Alan Turing was a worthy winner.

The Bank of England has announced that Alan Turing is to be the face of the new £50 note, choosing him from a list of 14 scientists whose achievements have shaped our lives.

You can watch the full announcement below:

Turing's work at Bletchley Park led to one of the most important breakthroughs of World War II, allowing the Allies to crack the codes created by Nazi Germany's Enigma encryption machine. Find out more about his life and work on our blog.

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