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Alan Turing

Computer pioneer Alan Turing

Gay computer pioneer and WWII codebreaker Alan Turing has beaten Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela to be named the most iconic figure of the 20th century in a British poll. Turing was chosen in a public vote during a special live broadcast of BBC program Icons: The Greatest Person Of The 20th Century, …

Historical public domain photo of Alan Turing, world war ii codebreaker

Only 174 pardons for historical gay sex convictions have been issued in England and Wales since “Turing’s Law” was passed last year. The law, which followed a posthumous pardon issued to wartime codebreaker Alan Turing (pictured) in 2013, allows the thousands of men who were convicted of historical gay sex offences to apply for a …

Alan Turing World War II

A hand-written notebook belonging to World War II code breaking hero Alan Turing went up for auction recently and fetched a whopping US$1,025,000. Bonham’s auction house in New York sold the book. Turing left the notebook and other papers to close friend and mathematician Robin Gandy in his will. The scientist  originally purchased the relatively …

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