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Royal Pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing

The long overdue pardon for Alan Turing is issued today.  Turing, a brilliant mathematician was one of the fathers of computers which happened as he worked to decrypt Nazi communications during the war.

Royal pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing | BBC

Turing’s work helped accelerate Allied efforts to read German Naval messages enciphered with the Enigma machine. He also contributed some more fundamental work on codebreaking that was only released to public scrutiny in April 2012.

His personal story, and the reason for his 1952 conviction for homosexuality is one of interesting comparison on how far some countries have come (e.g. Canada, UK , Europe) and those who have not (e.g. US, Russia).

Written by Colin Henderson

December 24, 2013 at 17:16

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  1. ” how far some countries have come (e.g. Canada, UK , Europe) and those who have not (e.g. US, Russia).”

    This statement is completely ludicrous. The US – in many ways – is ahead of the UK in granting equal rights to gay men and women. And to equate the US to Russia is completely naive. You should be ashamed at making the comparison.


    December 24, 2013 at 19:02

  2. @bravian
    really ? Did you see the reactions in Utah over last couple of days –

    “Advocates of same-sex marriage cheered the ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, in Denver, while the Utah attorney general’s office said it would ask the United States Supreme Court to temporarily halt same-sex marriages in the state until the legal battles could be resolved”

    I agree my point took advantage of the bully pulpit of a blog, but neither the US nor Russia as countries have adopted LGTB rights whereas Canada, UK and Europe as countries/ Unions have. Further I only raised this in reaction to the physical treatment Turing received following his conviction, which is repulsive at best to anyone.

    Colin Henderson

    December 25, 2013 at 18:23

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