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£50 bank of england alan turing

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney announced yesterday the selection of Alan Turing for the new £50 note. Imagery depicting Alan Turing and his work will feature on the new polymer note expected to enter circulation by the end of 2021.  While renowned for his WWII work devising code-breaking machines, Turing also played a pivotal …

Computer pioneer Alan Turing

Gay computer pioneer Alan Turing beat out Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela in a British poll. The poll asked people to name the most iconic figure of the 20th century. The public vote in favour of Turing came during a 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 law

Thousands of gay and bisexual men found guilty of now-abolished sexual offences in the United Kingdom have received posthumous pardons. The men received the pardons under the new ‘Alan Turing Law’. People who died earlier will receive automatic pardons. 15,000 living men convicted of gay sexual acts before the decriminalisation of homosexuality  in England and …

alan turing law

Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of antiquated sex offences in the United Kingdom will be eligible for a pardon under the new ‘Turing Law’. Deceased men convicted under the now-abolished homosexual offences will automatically receive posthumous pardons. British Liberal Democratic politician Lord John Sharkey campaigned for four years to change the laws. “In …

Alan Turing's letters

Excerpts from Alan Turing’s letters offer a glimpse into the anguish the famed codebreaker endured in his final days. Turing’s brilliant mind was instrumental in ending the Second World War. His invention of the modern computer enabled the cracking of the Nazi’s Enigma Code. However, his life ended in tragedy when he died at age …

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 modest …