Lovelace to ap­pear on £50?

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A VIC­TO­RIAN math­e­ma­ti­cian with North East roots is among the fron­trun­ners to fea­ture on the new £50 note.

Ada Lovelace, Pro­fes­sors Stephen Hawk­ing and Dorothy Hodgkin, the only Bri­tish fe­male to win a No­bel prize for sci­ence, are among the other favourites as nom­i­na­tions were opened to the pub­lic on Fri­day.

Ms Lovelace was born in 1815 to Anne Is­abella Mil­banke of Ele­more Hall, Pit­ting­ton, Durham, and the leg­endary ro­man­tic poet Lord By­ron.

In later life she was best known for her work on Charles Bab­bage’s pro­posed me­chan­i­cal gen­eral-pur­pose com­puter, the An­a­lyt­i­cal En­gine.

Mrs Lovelace was the first to recog­nise that the ma­chine had ap­pli­ca­tions be­yond pure cal­cu­la­tion, and pub­lished the first al­go­rithm in­tended to be car­ried out by such a ma­chine.

As a re­sult, she is some- Ada Lovelace times re­garded as the first to recog­nise the full po­ten­tial of a “com­put­ing ma­chine” and the first com­puter pro­gram­mer. There is an Ada Lovelace Day held each year on Oc­to­ber 9 in her hon­our.

Bank of Eng­land gov­er­nor Mark Car­ney said the per­son to be cho­sen should be no longer liv­ing and from sci­ence fields.

The pub­lic has un­til De­cem­ber 14 to reg­is­ter their nom­i­na­tions on the Bank’s web­site.

Mr Car­ney said he re­mained “open-minded” about what his choice will be, and cel­e­brated the suc­cesses of Bri­tish sci­en­tists from the steam en­gine to the tele­graph for powering in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tions.

The roll-out date of the note to re­place the cur­rent one fea­tur­ing in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion pi­o­neers Matthew Boul­ton and James Watt is yet to be re­vealed.

It will be the last of note to be up­graded from pa­per to a plas­tic poly­mer.

The cur­rent pa­per £20 will be re­placed with a poly­mer ver­sion from 2020. It will fea­ture artist JMW Turner.

The £50 in cir­cu­la­tion now was in­tro­duced in 2011, but its con­tin­ued ex­is­tence was called into ques­tion with con­cerns over money laun­der­ing and tax eva­sion.

But the new is­sue will fea­ture fresh se­cu­rity fea­tures.

Mr Car­ney said the an­nounce­ment should be made by next sum­mer.

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