Sunday, June 24, 2012

Remembering The Gay Father Of The Modern Computer Alan Turing

Gay Hero Alan Turing
The man who cracked the German code, the father of the modern computer and artificial intelligence was a gay man.  He saved countless lives during World War II and was rewarded with chemical castration, because he was gay.  

Via LGBTQNation.com:

Saturday, June 23, 2012 marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Alan Turing, a brilliant British mathematician and computer scientist who was highly influential in the creating what would become the modern computer, and is most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes during World War II. 

Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.  
Turing was also gay, and in 1952 was criminally prosecuted by his homeland for “homosexual acts” — he died of cyanide poisoning on June 7, 1954 in what was ruled a suicide.

In 2009, The British Government issued an official apology for the injustice.

A new biopic "The Imitation Game", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is reportedly in the works.

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