Sep 11th, 2009 by ravi
BBC | PM apology after Turing petition

Gordon Brown has said he is sorry for the “appalling” way World War II code-breaker Alan Turing was treated for being gay.

A petition on the No 10 website had called for a posthumous government apology to the computer pioneer.

In 1952 Turing was prosecuted for gross indecency after admitting a sexual relationship with a man. Two years later he killed himself.

A nit: calling Turing a “code-breaker” is like calling Einstein a University professor.

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