Turing Apology

A colleague sent me this:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8226509.stm
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/turing/

The petition reads:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to apologize for the prosecution of Alan Turing that led to his untimely death.

More information on this petition:

Alan Turing was the greatest computer scientist ever born in Britain. He laid the foundations of computing, helped break the Nazi Enigma code and told us how to tell whether a machine could think.

He was also gay. He was prosecuted for being gay, chemically castrated as a ‘cure’, and took his own life, aged 41.

The British Government should apologize to Alan Turing for his treatment and recognize that his work created much of the world we live in and saved us from Nazi Germany. And an apology would recognize the tragic consequences of prejudice that ended this man’s life and career.

If you are in the UK, you might consider supporting it.

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