Alan Turing was a mathematician and computer scientist, nothing brilliant about that, but this was the 1940’s and 50’s, his work help break the German war machines codes and considered by many as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.
Yet in 1952, he was convicted by the UK legal system for being gay and two years later, he was dead after taking cyanide. However, a petition with over twenty three thousand signatures has called upon the government to grant his name a pardon. Nevertheless, the government have rejected this on the grounds that he was properly convicted at the time.
According to the Justice Minister, Lord McNally speaking in the house of Lords;
“It is tragic that Alan Turing was convicted of an offence which now seems both cruel and absurd, particularly… given his outstanding contribution to the war effort,” he said.
“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.”