Face of new £50 banknote to be unveiled

The face of the new £50 banknote, which will be someone who has contributed to the world of science, will be unveiled by the Bank of England on Monday.

The Bank previously received 227,299 nominations during a six-week nomination period which closed in December.

This led to a list of 989 eligible names of people who are real, deceased and have contributed to science in the UK.

Characters who were eligible for consideration may have worked in any field of science including astronomy, biology, bio-technology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medical research, physics, technology or zoology.

The Banknote Character Advisory Committee has been considering the merits of names suggested by members of the public.

The final decision will be announced by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, along with a concept design for the new note.

The Bank previously said that the new £50 note will be made from polymer, in line with other newer banknotes.

Polymer notes last around two and-a-half times longer than paper notes.

The current £50 note, which was first issued in 2011, features leading lights of the industrial revolution Matthew Boulton and James Watt.