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    Genius Who Helped Beat Nazis Only to be Castrated by UK to be Pardoned

    Alan Turing, a genius codebreaker who helped the Allies defeat the Nazis only to be chemically castrated by his own country for homosexuality, will be posthumously pardoned by the UK, almost 50 years after he took his own life.


    Turing, considered one of the fathers of computer science, was instrumental in cracking the German ciphers and helping the Allies listen in on German communications. After being found guilty of gross indecency and sentenced to chemical castration, Turing committed suicide only two years after his sentence was carried out.


    The government has up until this point refused to pardon Turing.


    Liberal Democrat Lord Sharkey has rallied on behalf of Turing to get the government to change its mind. "The government knows that Turing was a hero and a very great man," he said, announcing the pardon. "They acknowledge that he was cruelly treated. They must have seen the esteem in which he is held here and around the world."


    Over 49,000 gay men, all of them now dead, were convicted under Britain's 1885 Criminal Law Amendment Act. Many of them were chemically castrated. Last year, the government refused to pardon any of them.
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    Poor man. Thank God we have come a long way since back then...
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    Poor man. Thank God we have come a long way since back then...
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    Poor man. Thank God we have come a long way since back then...
    It's about bloody time! But sadly we haven't come as far as we could have or should have done. Only last year the government refused a full pardon on the grounds that it was "not considered appropriate as Alan Turing was properly convicted of what at the time was a criminal offence", even though a massive petition was presented to them calling for it.
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    Poor Alan Turing. If he hadn't been hounded to death by the government (after they used him), imagine what he could have created.
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    It's about damn time.


    I am glad we've come a long way since then. I just can't imagine the hell he went through after all he did for the Allies.
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    Alan Turing Posthumously Pardoned for 1952 Homosexuality Conviction






    Alan Turing, the legendary British computer engineer and codebreaker who killed himself two years after a 1952 conviction for homosexual activity for which he was punished by chemical castration, received a royal pardon on Monday from Queen Elizabeth II.



    Most famous for helping crack the German's Enigma code during World War II, Turing is also considered a father of modern computer science and the man responsible for the Turing Test, which is used to judge artificial intelligence.


    "His action saved countless lives," British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose government denied Turing a pardon last year, said after the announcement. "He also left a remarkable national legacy through his substantial scientific achievements, often being referred to as the 'father of modern computing.'" Prime Minster Gordon Brown issued a former apology to Turing in 2009.


    Turing was convicted on charges of gross indecency in 1952 after he admitted having sex with a man. As an alternative to prison, Turing was sentenced to chemical castration by repeated injections of female hormones. He also lost his security clearance because of the conviction. Two years later, Turing ate an apple he had laced with cyanide. He was 41.


    Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, who formally requested the pardon, announced the news on Monday:


    "Dr Alan Turing was an exceptional man with a brilliant mind. His brilliance was put into practice at Bletchley Park during the second world war, where he was pivotal to breaking the Enigma code, helping to end the war and save thousands of lives.


    "His later life was overshadowed by his conviction for homosexual activity, a sentence we would now consider unjust and discriminatory and which has now been repealed.
    "Dr Turing deserves to be remembered and recognised for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science. A pardon from the Queen is a fitting tribute to an exceptional man."
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    Late but better than never I guess.
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    I cant even with that title! Do people really have no clue who Alan Turing was?
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    oh yanna, of course they don't. people are stupid.

    now, if he had been a sports star.........
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    about damn time.
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    I'm afraid I didn't know him, so thanks for posting this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    Over 49,000 gay men, all of them now dead, were convicted under Britain's 1885 Criminal Law Amendment Act. Many of them were chemically castrated. Last year, the government refused to pardon any of them.
    so when will all the other, nonfamous men be pardoned? their treatment was equally wrong.
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    it is a damn shame what they did to Turing.

    without him the Allies may not have won the war.
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    Apparently Benedict Cumberbatch is going to play him in a movie. Between him and Anthony Hopkins it is like they are trying to play every famous person who has ever existed.
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