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Tonight, Tuesday & Wednesday.
An English mathematician, logician and cryptographer, Alan Turing was responsible for breaking the Nazi Enigma code during World War II. He gave the Allies the edge to win the war in Europe, and led to the creation of the computer.
Turing took his own life in 1954, two years after being outed as gay. Homosexuality was still a crime in Great Britain, and Turing was convicted of “indecency.” He died from eating an apple laced with cyanide. He was only 41 years old.
Turing’s ideas about making a computer that processed information digitally were not well-received by his fellow scientists. He did not give up on his ideas and eventually led his own research group.
Turing saw many friends die at a young age. This was a factor in him becoming an atheist, because it didn’t seem consistent with the existence of a just, loving god.
Persecuted for his homosexuality, which was illegal in Britain at the time, and eventually a relationship with a man brought him to court. He pled guilty, but said there was no reason for him to feel guilty. Turing was convicted of “gross indecency,” and sentenced to undergo forcible hormone chemical treatment. He also lost his security clearance, which prevented him from working in codebreaking and computer research.
Turing was a marathon runner (26.2 miles in 2 hours 46 minutes) and almost qualified for the British Olympic Team in 1948.
Turing is widely respected by many scientists as one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.
The Turing Award, given for computing, is the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for computer sciences.
Turing’s death may have been an accident in his chemistry lab, but some think it was a suicide as a result of his persecution for being gay.
In 2013, the British government formally pardoned and apologized to Turing for their treatment of him due to his sexual orientation.
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A walk past the Alan Turing memorial in Sackville Gardens. Installed in 2001, he sits with the engineering faculty of the University of Manchester on his left and the world famous Gay Village on his right. The bench says 'Founder of Computer Science' in enigma code and the plaque reads 'Wartime Codebreaker, Victim of Prejudice'