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Alan Turing Will Be New Face of £50 Note, Bank of England Says


Turing bank note concept

Turing was chosen from a list of 227,299 nominees.

Credit: Bank of England

Alan Turing, the computing pioneer who became one of the most influential code breakers of World War II, has been chosen by the Bank of England to be the new face of its 50-pound note.

The decision to put Turing on the highest-denomination English bank note, worth about US$62, adds to growing public recognition of his achievements. His reputation during his lifetime was overshadowed by a conviction under Britain's Victorian laws against homosexuality, and his war work remained a secret until decades later.

"Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today," Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, said in a statement. "As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as a war hero, Alan Turing's contributions were far-ranging and path breaking."

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