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December 14, 2012

Top British scientists urge David Cameron to grant World War II codebreaker hero a posthumous pardon for his gay sex conviction

Leading scientists including Professor Stephen Hawking have launched a new call on the British government to pardon gay codebreaker Alan Turing.

Turing helped crack the Enigma code, helping the Allies understand German communications and ultimately win the Second World War.

But in 1952 he was convicted for ‘gross indecency’ with another man by a British court and accepted treatment with female hormones – also known as chemical castration – as an alternative to prison.

Those events are blamed for his decision to commit suicide just two years later.

November 1, 2012

Britain's Labour Party are calling on the coalition government to grant heroic gay code-breaker a pardon, almost 60 years since his death

Britain's Labour Party has announced it is supporting a campaign for the pardon of gay Second World War hero Alan Turing.

The left-wing party is hoping that, by showing their support, the current coalition government will be forced to alter its position. Many existing MPs have already shown support for the campaign.

Turing, worked during the Second World War as a code-breaker. He committed suicide in 1954 after struggling with his homosexuality.

November 1, 2012

Member of Parliament and Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, Sadiq Khan, says gay codebreaker Alan Turing deserves to finally be pardoned

This year has been an incredible year for Britain. This summer when we hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games we showed ourselves at our very best: a country with progressive values, an inclusive and diverse society coming together to show what we can do.

The last time we hosted the Olympic Games was in 1948, shortly after the defeat of fascism, in a Britain facing the challenges of rebuilding a nation after the Second World War.

October 23, 2012

Event in Bletchley Park will celebrate life of gay scientist Alan Turing

UK schools are being encouraged to start planning their activities for LGBT History Month with a pre-launch event taking place in Bletchley Park to celebrate the life of Alan Turing.

The event, taking place on 15 November and organised by SchoolsOUT, coincides with the 100th birthday of Turing, whose groundbreaking coding work during World War II helped save thousands of lives and is often credited as the father of the modern computer. However, he was hounded by the authorities for his homosexuality, and eventually committed suicide.

October 23, 2012

Event in Bletchley Park will celebrate life of gay scientist Alan Turing

UK schools are being encouraged to start planning their activities for LGBT History Month with a pre-launch event taking place in Bletchley Park to celebrate the life of Alan Turing.

The event, taking place on 15 November and organised by SchoolsOUT, coincides with the 100th birthday of Turing, whose groundbreaking coding work during World War II helped save thousands of lives and is often credited as the father of the modern computer. However, he was hounded by the authorities for his homosexuality, and eventually committed suicide.

October 5, 2012

Alan Turing has been praised by GCHQ director Iain Lobban, saying 'enduring lessons' can be drawn from his work.

Alan Turing has been praised by leading British spy Iain Lobban, saying 'enduring lessons' can be drawn from his work.

Lobban is director of GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), Britain's 'listening station' giving ears to its intelligence services.

He said there were 'many parallels between the way we work now and the way we worked then' in reference to the World War II hero.

September 13, 2012

Google is paying for 1000 board games to be made, honoring the man who helped to win World War 2

The gay scientist, mathematician and World War 2 codebreaker Alan Turing is being honored with his own Monopoly edition.

The man that helped win World War 2 and was later prosecuted for his homosexuality, the beloved board game is paying tribute to 100 years since the father of computer science was born.

Turing’s Monopoly will replace houses and hotels with huts and blocks, and the spaces on the board will all feature locations important in Turing’s life, including his birthplace in Maida Vale and his school in Dorset.

July 25, 2012

New legislation may give the late Alan Turing, the mathematician which helped the Allies win World War II, a pardon for his gay sex conviction

Alan Turning, the father of computing and World War II hero, may be pardoned for his 1952 conviction for having sex with another man thanks to Britain’s House of Lords.

Turing helped crack the Enigma code, helping the Allies understand German communications and ultimately win the Second World War.

But in 1952 he was convicted for ‘gross indecency’ with another man by a British court and accepted treatment with female hormones – also known as chemical castration – as an alternative to prison.

February 8, 2012

British government rejects pardon for gay mathematician Alan Turing

He may have his face on a stamp, but the UK government has refused to pardon gay war hero Alan Turing, who killed himself after being persecuted for his sexuality.

The genius mathematician, who helped defeat the Nazis by cracking their secret Enigma message code, was prosecuted for gross indecency in 1952 and forced to undergo chemical castration.

He committed suicide two years later by eating a cyanide-spiked apple. He was 41.

January 3, 2012

Gay mathematician hero who helped defeat the Nazis gets Royal Mail tribute

Alan Turing, the gay war hero who helped defeat the Nazis by cracking their secret Enigma message code, is being honoured on a Royal Mail stamp.

The Queen has personally approved the picture honouring Turing which shows his Bombe code-breaking machine from World War Two.

The first-class stamp tribute, naming him as one of 10 ‘Britons of Distinction’, comes at a time when there is still a campaign running seeking a posthumous pardon for his conviction for homosexuality in 1952.