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.
An Enigma machine is one of the objects on display, alongside Turing's groundbreaking paper, On Computable Numbers, which paved the way for modern computing. Visitors can also see a small number of rare objects from Turing's time working in Manchester, where he did some of his most creative thinking.
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Why Alan Turing was the right choice for the £50 note
As one of those who lobbied for Alan Turing to be given a posthumous pardon for the ‘crime’ of being a homosexual, I am delighted that the Bank of England has announced that he will soon be given pride of place on the new £50 note.