From my desk – equality for all

Alan Turing

Heard of him? I hadn’t, forgive my ignorance.

What an unbelievable man.

Known as Britain’s greatest code breaker his exceptional insight is the basis for all modern electronic function as we know it today.

His accolades are great and many.

Widely known as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence he breathed life into concepts such as robots and computers, understanding with dazzling precision the scope and scale of unlimited possibilities.

This amazing man put his not insignificant talent as a cryptanalyst towards the defeat of Germany, only to have his rights taken from him when his own country, the United Kingdom, enforced chemical castration on him as a result of criminal prosecution for homosexual acts that were still illegal at that time in Britain.

For two years he bore this debilitating scourge until finally in 1954 at the age of 41 he took his own life.

On 10 September 2009 the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for “the appalling way he was treated”.

The story of Alan Turing touched me as I’m sure it has touched many, many people over many years. There’s a lot to be said about the cruelties of narrow-mindedness.

The world is much the poorer for the passing of Alan Turing.

You can see more, and I would encourage everyone to see this documentary drama on the life of Alan Turing here.


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