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.
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).