Alan Turing’s contribution needs acknowledgement

Alan Turing (after whom the Turing Award in Computing in named) was one of the greatest thinkers in early computing in the UK. He contributed to the decoding of the Nazi Enigma code that played such a massive part in turning the tide of the Second World War. A brilliant thinker and a man who helped the Allies win the war.

And he was gay.

So obviously, he was prosecuted for “indecency” and was chemically castrated. He committed suicide at the age of just 41.

John Graham-Cumming, author of the Geek Atlas, has started a petition to ask the British Government to apologise for Turing’s treatment. If you’re a UK resident you can sign it here: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/turing/

Please do.

  1. […] 12 tags: Alan Turing, Gay, Gordon Brown, Homophobia by RichardMacKinnon You may remember a previous post explaining the contribution of Alan Turing to the Allied effort during World War II, as well as his […]

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