The website for Number 10 Downing Street has a new petition calling for an apology for the treatment which led Alan Turing to commit suicide at the age of 41, rather than submit to having his homosexuality “cured” by chemical castration.
Turing was, not only a founding father of Computer Science, but a leading member of the dedicated team at Bletchley Park, who decoded the Nazi Enigma code. This work saved thousands of lives.
As reported on the BBC, the originator of the petition, John Graham-Cumming, is not only suggesting an apology, but a posthumous knighthood for Turing. It would seem the least his country could do for him, after all he did for his country, mathematics and computing.
If you’re a UK resident, please consider signing the petition.