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HRC Celebrates Gay Codebreaker Alan Turing on 100th Birthday

Alan TuringPost submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

Today HRC celebrates the life and accomplishments of Alan Turing on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The renowned English mathematician led the team that cracked Germany’s Enigma code, dramatically changing the course of WWII. His pioneering work in computer science also secured his reputation as the “father of the modern computer.”

In 1952 Turing’s homosexuality resulted in criminal prosecution for gross indecency. He was sentenced to “chemical castration” and died two years later. A public campaign calling on the British government to officially pardon Turing’s conviction is still underway.

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