Better late than never? Alan Turing receives royal pardon
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24-12-2013, 12:56 AM
Better late than never? Alan Turing receives royal pardon
Alan Turing (1912-1954), the enigma codebreaker and father of computer science received a royal pardon yesterday for his criminal acts back in the days.
The gentleman maybe was a war hero and saved thousands if not millions of lives, but he was also ... *shiver* ... a homosexual.

For this he lost his security clearance, his job and his manliness as he was chemically castrated for his "heinous acts". he later committed suicide.


Alan, thank you for what you did to the world. I wish there were more people like you. This pardon won't change anything, it comes way too late, but let's hope it's a small step towards a better world. RIP


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24-12-2013, 02:13 PM (This post was last modified: 24-12-2013 02:50 PM by cufflink.)
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(24-12-2013 12:56 AM)Thammuz Wrote:  The gentleman maybe was a war hero and saved thousands if not millions of lives . . .

Fixt.

Thanks for this, Thammuz.

As you noted, Turing was not just a code-breaker. He is "widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence." (Wiki)

The standard biography, which is excellent, is by Andrew Hodges:

http://www.amazon.com/Alan-Turing-Enigma...069115564X

I met Hodges years ago. He's the real thing, a mathematician and physicist (did significant work on twistor theory with Roger Penrose) who's also a fine writer. And as a gay man himself, he brings special passion and empathy to his subject.

Alan Turing: The Enigma was made into a Broadway play, "Breaking the Code," and later a TV movie starring Derek Jacobi. And now it's being made into a theatrical film, "The Imitation Game," with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Turing.

Hodges's web site on Turing:

http://www.turing.org.uk/

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25-12-2013, 02:12 PM
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I will never forgive the Brits for depriving us of another 50 years of this genius. The Turing machine and the Church-Turing thesis provide the foundation of modern computing. And the fucking British buggers killed him with estrogen for, well buggery. Their apology was not to Turing, but to the rest of us. And it's a half-century too late and a brilliance too little. Fucking Brits.

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