Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pardon Alan Turing, a True Hero !!!

Alan Turing was an amazing man. He is father of the modern computer and helped THe United Kingdom defeat the Nazis. He was mad an OBE!!! I saw a play about Turing many years ago staring Derek Jacobi called Breaking the Code. Google even had a doodle for him. He was prosecuted under an unjust law against being gay and committed suicide. It is his centenary this year. He deserves to be pardoned and the gratitude pf the UK and the Commionwealth, indeed the world. Alan Turing served his KIng and Country. He is a hero!! Campaigners attempting to grant a posthumous pardon to Alan Turing took their fight to the House of Lords today. Turing, the father of modern computing and artificial intelligence, was convicted of being gay at a time when it was illegal in Britain. When authorities discovered the truth about his sexuality, he was sentenced to endure horrific hormone treatment to avoid imprisonment, labelled a security risk and forced from his job as a code breaker. It's thought Turing committed suicide in 1954 by biting into an apple laced with cyanide. The mathematical genius helped crack the Engima code in World War Two at Bletchley Park, but the closest he came to obtaining a pardon was in 2009, the British government made a public apology to him. 2012 marks the centenary of Turing's birth. Now Liberal Democrats Lord Sharkey and John Leech MP have joined forces to grant a pardon to the form er Cambridge student. Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Sharkey is introducing a Private Members Bill to the House of Lords, a Bill which will, if it becomes law, grant a pardon to Dr Turing. John Leech MP will then take the Bill through the Commons to make the Bill law. John Leech MP said, “We have been negotiating with the government hard on this. Lord Sharkey will take this through the Lords and I will take it through the Commons. We are fully expecting Lords and MPs to back this Bill. It’s only right that we acknowledge the government at the time was wrong and justice can be brought to Alan Turing who was wrongly persecuted.”


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately he let a policeman into his house to report a burglary and admitted that he lived with another man.

What a waste!

Ian Watson said...

This is really good and let's hope this bill succeeds. People should still consider signing the e-petition to pardon Alan Turing - there's also petition to have him in the next issue of the £10 note and another to have a statue of Turing put on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square. Links to the e-petitions:

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