Sir JC Bose Nominated to Be Featured on UK’s New 50 Pound Note
Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, an Indian Biologist & physicist was nominated along with numerous other renowned scientists including Stephen Hawking in the initial stage of Bank of England’s search for a face to feature on a new 50-pound note to go live from 2020.
As per the Bank of England’s announcement, it has received a total of 174,112 nominations since it affirmed that the new note would comprise the face a scientist who had made a significant contribution to British science.
This is only the first stage of identifying names that are eligible for consideration. At this juncture, a nomination has been deemed eligible simply if the character is real, deceased and has led in the united kingdom in any way to the area of science, the Bank of England said in a statement.
Bose attended the University of Cambridge, after graduating from Calcutta University with a physics degree, studying natural sciences. He returned after completing his BSc degree from Cambridge University and was appointed Professor of Physical Science at Presidency College in Kolkata.
In 1917, Bose established that the Bose Institute in Kolkata, which was initially devoted to the study of plants and left his professorship.
Bose and black hole expert Hawking are up against the likes of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who qualified as a nominee due to her work within the specified criteria of the bank before her career in politics as a chemist. Among some of the 600 men and 200 women in the nominations list comprise Ada Lovelace and computing pioneer Alan Turing, telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell and astronomer Patrick Moore.
Father of modern epidemiology John Snow, penicillin discoverer Alexander Fleming, zookeeper and naturalist Gerald Durrell, and fossil pioneer Mary Anning and British-Jamaican nursing pioneer Mary Seacole are among others.
The names will be considered by the Bank of England’s Banknote Character Advisory Committee.
UK bookmakers William Hill have Hawking as the favorite, with chances of 7/4, followed by Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dorothy Hodgkin at 4/1. Lovelace, pioneer Michael Faraday, Fleming, and Turing have odds of 5/1 and Rosalind Franklin, who made significant contributions to the understanding of DNA, is at 6/1.
The Bank of England had disclosed that a few months ago that nominations for the note may include anyone who functioned in any area of science such as astronomy, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, engineering, math, medical zoology, physics, technology or research.
Until the standards were unveiled, a campaign was building up in favor of British Indian World War II spy Noor Inayat Khan to feature on the new currency.
An online petition in favor of Khan attracted thousands of signatures, calling for the daughter of Indian Sufi saint Hazrat Inayat Khan and Tipu Sultan’s descendant to be considered as the first ethnic minority woman to be honored on the currency.
The 50-pound note will be the final note after notes in the denomination of five and 10 have already been reissued in polymer to go into circulation. The new polymer note will go into circulation once the 50-pound is set to go into print to be circulated at a later date.