Code for gay

September 14, 2009 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

The British government has apologised to one of their most important scientists for causing him severe distress – which led to his ultimate suicide – fifty-five years late. Alan Turing, master code-breaker and scientific innovator, was instrumental in breaking the Enigma code used by German intelligence during WWII. He also worked in the early years of computer science.

After the war, when the government discovered Alan was into men – actually he admitted a relationship while making a police report about his burglared home –  they prosecuted him for gross indecency and offered him two humiliating sentencing options – chemical castration or a year’s imprisonment.  He chose the former. He would also lose his security clearance to work for British Intelligence. Two years later, his body changed by the increased estrogen, he committed suicide.

On 10 September, the PM publicly apologised to the memory of Alan Turing for the way he was treated by saying simply, “We’re sorry, you deserved so much better.”


Alan Turing’s site.

Article recapping the events in Turing’s life.


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