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Alan Turing!

Updated on March 1, 2012
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Alan Turing

I literally just found out about this man myself as my dad mentioned him. Anyway, it turns out he was a right character! Enjoy:

Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS, was an English Mathematician, logician, crypt-analyst, and computer scientist. In addition to being the father of modern computing and helping win WWII, genius mathematician Alan Turing had a personal best time for the marathon of 2 hours 46 minutes, and would sometimes run 40-plus miles from Bletchley Park into London for meetings!

Alan was fairly well built, a trait often not seen in mathematicians! He was also very talkative, with a high-pitched voice and was said to be fairly witty. However, Alan was also said to have shown many of the characteristics that are diagnostic with Asperger syndrome.

Sadly, despite all he did for his country, and we now know, the world, Alan's homosexuality resulted in criminal prosecution in 1952, when homosexuals acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom. He accepted the treatment of female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. He died just two weeks before his 42nd birthday in 1954. He died from cyanide poisoning, and an inquest determined it was suicide. His mother and some others insisted it must have been an accident.

On September 10th 2009, following a massive internet campaign, then British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for the way in which Alan was treated after the war, describing his treatment as ''appalling''.

Gordon Brown's Speech in 2010

"Thousands of people have come together to demand justice for Alan Turing and recognition of the appalling way he was treated. While Turing was dealt with under the law of the time and we can't put the clock back, his treatment was of course utterly unfair and I am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him ... So on behalf of the British government, and all those who live freely thanks to Alan's work I am very proud to say: we're sorry, you deserved so much better."

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      Emer420 5 years ago

      Wow. 40 miles is epic. This is sad though. He helped win WWII, was a genius, and all they could look at was that he was gay and punished him for it? Jeez, we live in a horrible world. It's awesome that he got an apology. He deserves that and more. As a gay man it makes me sad that people treated homosexuality like that back then. I find myself feeling very lucky I live in this time period.

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