Tuesday, December 24, 2013

UK finally pardons Alan Turing

Alan Turing was a genius, with accomplishments spawning multiple domains such as mathematics, computer science, cryptography and more. Without him, WWII would have taken a whole different turn and may have ended with the Nazis winning. Nothing less.

However, his "crime" was that he was gay in UK in the fifties: the UK officially made homosexual relations legal in 1967. As such, Alan Turing was forced to undergo a hormone therapy to "suppress his urges."

Queen Elizabeth II finally pardoned Alan Turing.