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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 44, October 16, 2005, Article 16

MYSTERY BANKNOTE WOMAN REVEALED

"A mother-of-three has been revealed as the mystery woman
on a banknote that scientists had been trying to identify.

Members of the Royal Society of Chemistry had been trying
to discover the identity of the female lab worker pictured on
the back of the Bank of Scotland 20 note. Their search
began after a visitor to a convention asked them who the
woman was and if she was a scientist.

Now it has been revealed that she is 52-year-old Janet Mullen,
a scientist from Peebles. Mrs Mullen is pictured analysing
samples in a laboratory at the Scottish College of Textiles in
Galashiels - where she worked 17 years ago."

"The picture featuring Mrs Mullen was chosen for the 20
note to illustrate education and research. The notes were
released in May 1995 but Mrs Mullen - who now works as
a scientist for Scottish Water - said she had only realised her
picture was on them when a former colleague phoned her up."

"And she added: "It's quite exciting to be on the note but
although it is my picture on it, it's not as if I was chosen for any
reason, I didn't do anything to deserve it. But in a way it is an
honour and I feel as if I am representing all the scientists who
work in laboratories and all the work they do."

"She said: "After I found out about the notes I went into the
local branch and spoke to the manager about it. Afterwards
the bank presented me with two of the 20 notes in a framed
presentation case, which is nice to have."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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