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    Choice of scientist's face on new £50 note

    Stephen Hawking's physiognomy seems to be the favorite from a list of British scientists nominated to appear on the new £50 pound note https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46343965

    I would like to have seen a traditional Englishman's strong face eg Oliver Heaviside, Oliver Lodge, Paul Dirac, or even Eric Laithwaite.

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    Lovelace or Franklin would be cool, but so would Hawking.
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    Newton would be better. He worked for the Mint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Newton would be better. He worked for the Mint.
    He was on the old £1 note.

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    I like the idea that there's such a thing as a "traditional Englishman's strong face". (Not Bertie Wooster, then.)
    Lodge and Laithwaite were too enamoured of crackpottery, and Dirac was half Swiss. Heaviside could do with a bit more recognition though, I think.

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    Not the Mr Whippy lady then?

    Most important thing is that it'll be plastic. I hope they get on with it and the twenty. At least before sterling goes the way of the Zimbabwean dollar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Heaviside could do with a bit more recognition though, I think.
    Although, he had red hair (nothing wrong with that, of course, but not a traditional "English" look). And he painted his fingernails pink, apparently. So maybe he was ahead of his time.

    I like the idea that there's such a thing as a "traditional Englishman's strong face". (Not Bertie Wooster, then.)
    More like Jeeves, perhaps.

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    Of course, the current Bank of England £50 note (and the £20) bears a traditional Scotsman's strong face, so I presume a redhead wouldn't be out of the question. (The three different Scottish £50s feature two Scotsmen and a Scotswoman.)

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    I think they should put it up for a vote on the Internet. I would vote for Scientist McScientistFace.
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    Can the US put Carl Sagan on our money? How about Bill Nye? Neil deGrasse Tyson?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Can the US put Carl Sagan on our money? How about Bill Nye? Neil deGrasse Tyson?
    Originally by tradition, and now by law, living people cannot appear on US currency, so no to Nye and deGrasse Tyson.

    I know on stamps that it was tradition to wait 10 years after someone died, except for former Presidents. I don't know if that is also true for currency, but I suspect so.

    Again, from my stamp collecting years, there were some circumstances where living people did appear on stamps, usually as models, but they were not being honored on the stamp. I will also note that the US Postal Service has loosened a lot of these rules over the years (there also used to be a ban on commercial symbols) as a way to drum up sales and public interest. This is one of the reasons I no longer collect stamps.
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    Neil deGrasse Tyson may not be the best choice of late.

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    Both the possessors of traditional Scotsman's strong faces. Watt is on the current £50, along with Matthew Boulton.

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    Didn't know that about Watt so he has to give up his spot I guess.
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    Quatermass is my choice. He defeated the Martians and everything.
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    Too bad there is not a 76 pound note, perfect for Halley. How about Darwin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    How about Darwin.
    On the paper £10 note until this year. Replaced by a polymer Jane Austen. Evolution in action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wd40 View Post
    Stephen Hawking's physiognomy seems to be the favorite from a list of British scientists nominated to appear on the new £50 pound note https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46343965
    Hawking would be a good choice because I like the idea of having a Simpsons character on the note!

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    Hawking option seems a bit popularist....I would prefer:

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    How would you test if that bill is genuine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    How would you test if that bill is genuine.
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    it's interesting that he died at 41. Didn't quite make it to 42.

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    I don't thing the public's need for instant gratification should be encouraged by using Hawking. I'm sure if industrialised society survives long enough, Hawking can be pictured in 50 years time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WaxRubiks View Post
    Hawking option seems a bit popularist....I would prefer:

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    And of course, the inventor of the wheel.

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    Does the person have to be dead?

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    "Polymer Jane Austen" makes me imagine this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 21st Century Schizoid Man View Post
    Does the person have to be dead?
    Unless you're the monarch, you have to be dead before you can appear on a Bank of England note.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Unless you're the monarch, you have to be dead before you can appear on a Bank of England note.

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    Oh! In that case, I vote for Giorgio A. Tsoukalos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Oh! In that case, I vote for Giorgio A. Tsoukalos.
    You know that makes no sense, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacedude View Post
    Neil deGrasse Tyson may not be the best choice of late.
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