Computer Pioneer Alan Turing Pardoned of ‘Gross Indecency’

British mathematician who broke the Nazi's coded messages was sentenced under a law that criminalized homosexuality

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Alan Turing, the British mathematician who laid the theoretical groundwork for modern computing and cracked coded messages from the Nazis, received a royal pardon on Tuesday.

Turing was convicted under a late 19th-century law that criminalized homosexuality. He was forced to undergo chemical castration in 1952.

U.K. Justice Minister Chris Grayling requested the pardon, calling the sentence “unjust and discriminatory.” Said Grayling: “Turing deserves to be remembered and recognized for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science.”

Turing died from cyanide poisoning in 1954. In 1999, TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century for his contribution to science.

[BBC]

4 comments
Duffman
Duffman

Just God-awful treatment for a man who arguably shortened the war. I regret his loss and think he should serve as an example of how gay people can and do contribute, in spite of the often poor treatment they are subjected to. This man was worth a thousand duck call making hillbillies.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

The UK government are a bunch of w*****s anyway . ( And I'm a UK citizen ) .

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

'Died from Cyanide poisoning"???


Is Time really so delicate that they can't bother mentioning that his death was a suicide and a direct result of the his horrific treatment?


formerlyjames
formerlyjames

@PaulDirks 

People who don't know would probably assume that the chemical castration was cyanide  based and it caused his death.  Turing has received much posthumous recognition and honor, but this action seems a bit tardy and might at least have been accompanied by the highest UK honor possible.