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Comment: Why I’m inspired by Alan Turing

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  1. At least you could have got Alan Turing’s name right.

    1. I don’t understand – he did get it right.

      1. When first posted, the article’s heading and first paragraph said “Turning” although it was correct lower down the page. This has clearly been corrected.

        1. Thomas Wales 28 Feb 2013, 6:56pm

          This was a mistake of PinkNews and not myself!

  2. “Regardless of sexuality everyone and anyone can make a huge difference for the better to the world in which we all share!”. Try telling that to the pope … or Russia’s politicians …. or the Ugandan givernment … the list goes on. That’s why we must NOT ever give up such hard-won freedom.

  3. lol. That’s a daring top

    1. My Mum’s got one just like that, but in emerald green.

  4. Alan Baker 27 Feb 2013, 2:19pm

    A concise view of Turings life. The facts of course are accurate and there are some of us that think the vacant plinth in Trafalgar Square should be occupied by his statue in recognition of the hundreds of thousands of personnel whose lives his genius saved.

  5. You are absolutely right in what you say, and your comments about Turing’s enormous contributions, coupled with the horror of what the British law enforcement did to him, are no exaggeration.

    These facts were hardly known until quite recently. I grew up in Britain with a Mathematical education, was involved as a professional in ICT, came out as gay, yet had never even heard of Alan Turing until I innocently picked up a copy of Andrew Hodges’ superb biography in the local library one day.

    Turing should be remembered as a symbol of our freedom, which we now belatedly enjoy in part due to his code breaking efforts in the war as you mention, but which he himself was denied.

    Thanks for your great article.

  6. Having just read the Wikipedia article on Alan Turing, it appears that he hasn’t been pardoned for his conviction of “gross indecency”.

    In 2011, an e-petition was created requesting the Government to pardon Mr Turing, and according to Wikipedia:

    The petition has over 34,000 signatures, but the request was declined by Lord McNally (Lib-Dem) for the following reason:

    “A posthumous pardon was not considered appropriate as Alan Turing was properly convicted of what at the time was a criminal offence. He would have known that his offence was against the law and that he would be prosecuted. It is tragic that Alan Turing was convicted of an offence which now seems both cruel and absurd—particularly poignant given his outstanding contribution to the war effort.

    Cont’d. >>>

    1. Lord McNally added: “However, the law at the time required a prosecution and, as such, long-standing policy has been to accept that such convictions took place and, rather than trying to alter the historical context and to put right what cannot be put right, ensure instead that we never again return to those times”.

      On 26 July 2012, a bill was introduced in the House of Lords to give a statutory pardon to Turing for offences under section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 of which he was convicted on 31 March 1952.

      I wonder what has happened with this Bill.

  7. Next year is the 60th anniversary of Alan Turings death, and sadly I would be surprised if more than a small percentage of the British populus are aware of his appalling treatment, and forced suicide.
    I think that next year is a great opportunity to inform the nation of the debt we collectively owe him and that less than 60 years ago, not only was private homosexuality a criminal offence, but it was aggressively prosecuted.

    Just a thought, ps Abstinence makes the church grow fondlers!

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