Monday, April 6, 2015

Fact of the Day: Alan Turing

Alan Turing was British mathematician who used his talents to break German codes during World War II, which saved millions of lives, shortened the war, and arguably was the reason the Allies won the war. He is often considered the father of modern-computers and artificial intelligence. In 1952, he was arrested in Britain for having romantic relations with men. He committed suicide two years later, and the British government didn't apologize for the way he was treated until 2009. Queen Elizabeth II granted him a posthumous pardon in 2013. 

16 comments:

Pilar Domínguez said...

I loved the film about his life , very interesting man. Kisses:)

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Sounds like he was an interesting man.

Bob Bushell said...

It must have been hell, treated badly for being homosexual.

Joy said...

i had seen the film of his life. tragic:(

Julie Ann Lozada said...

for me he's such a good and smart man.

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Dixie@dcrelief said...

That's bittersweet - he never knowing he was pardoned.

Unknown said...

Love your post!
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Christine said...

Oh no, interesting fact.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

How interesting that you would post this just after I saw the movie about him and his code breaking talents. It's called 'The Imitation Game'. Have you seen it? It's pretty good. I read up about his life after I saw the film and found out that he underwent chemical castration. How horrible.

Pat Hatt said...

Nice of them to do it years after he died, pffft.

A Beer for the Shower said...

Even if it took a long time, at least he got pardoned. What a ridiculous thing to be charged with, anyway.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

See "The Imitation Game" -- it's a great movie!

stephen Hayes said...

I;n still waiting to see the film, but it's definitely something I want to see.

Anonymous said...

I liked his character in the movie. Interesting personality. I wonder if it was close to being accurate.

bj said...

Guess I never knew that it was against the law to be gay....that's a shame....

Mary Kirkland said...

How sad.