Alan Turing would have celebrated his 100th Birthday on June 23 he was still alive. But the cryptanalytic genius died in 1954 after consuming cyanide – an act, many linked to his treatment because he was a homosexual.
For the anniversary of his birth to celebrate, the BBC has taken a series of articles about his life. Here, remember two people who worked beside him, her memories of him.
Alan Turing memorial statue in Sackville Park, Manchester (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Turing’s involvement in the war of thousands of lives – and his contribution to science, technology, philosophy and literature have touched billions. It’s time to celebrate his great legacy.
Despite his many contributions to society, in 1952, Turing was forced to choose between prison and chemical castration, you choose when the investigation into his personal life, his homosexuality revealed. He chose the latter. Two years later he committed suicide. “The debt of gratitude he owes, makes it even more horrible because he was so treated inhumanely,” said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, delivered in a posthumous pardon in 2009. “Unfortunately, you deserve so much better.”
Although I am fortunate to be involved in my career, in the development of the internet, I never lost sight of the role of my predecessor, without whose pioneering work, so many would not have happened.
This year the centenary of his birth, there is one man in particular, who rightly stands in the center of attention: Alan Turing.
Turing was in a world that was very different, culturally and technologically, but his contribution was never born so important.