Betty Windsor grants Alan Turing a Royal pardon

Good on Mrs Betty Windsor.

Alan Turing has finally been pardoned after being convicted for homosexuality.

Alan Turing, the wartime codebreaker, has been granted a posthumous pardon by the Queen for his criminal conviction for homosexuality.

Dr Turing, who helped Britain to win World War II, killed himself after receiving the conviction in 1952.

He has now been granted a pardon under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy after a high-profile campaign supported by tens of thousands of people including Professor Stephen Hawking.  

David Cameron said: “Alan Turing was a remarkable man who played a key role in saving this country in World War Two by cracking the German Enigma code.

“His action saved countless lives. He also left a remarkable national legacy through his substantial scientific achievements, often being referred to as the father of modern computing.”

Dr Turing, a “genius” mathematician, was a codebreaker at Bletchley Park, where he invented the machine which cracked the Enigma codes used by German U-boats in the Atlantic. Historians believe his work may have shortened the war by two years.

However, despite the importance of his work Dr Turing was convicted of gross indecency for having a relationship with a 19-year-old.

At that time homosexuality was illegal, and he chose to be chemically castrated with injections of female hormones rather than go to jail. He committed suicide two years later.

  • blokeintakapuna

    Humans are capable of some horrific thinking and actions due largely to ignorance and intolerance…

    • ropteron

      Yes Bloke, Just look at your Mayor.

  • Other_Andy

    “…who played a key role in saving this country in World War…”
    Without Alan Turing the war would have dragged on for years, or worse.
    He saved countless lives.
    He should have received a knighthood.

    • ropteron

      Instead, they tried to give him tits.

    • peterwn

      The sick joke of it all, the ridiculous ‘gross indecency’ law (which could catch two guys having a chat outside a ‘gents’) was a gift that kept on giving for the KGB. If their agents found out that a civil servant or military person with access to ‘top secrets’ was gay, they had him on toast.

  • Adam Michaels

    A great man, to whom we owe much.

  • Simon Arnold

    Not sure about why the quote marks around ‘genius’.

  • Rick H

    Probably not the Homosexuality, but more likely the 20 year age difference.
    What 40 year old man would be sexing with a 19 year old?
    only a sicko.

    • Other_Andy
    • Nechtan

      Nope its the homo bit. Lenny was having it off with Bevan with a bigger age difference. 60 odd years ago for Len it would have been “well done old boy, best the wife doesn’t find out. Ah what? “

    • Adam Michaels

      It was the homosexuality that they nailed him for. The antagonism and hatred shown towards gay men was horrible.

      • Other_Andy

        “It was the homosexuality that they nailed him for.”
        No it wasn’t. It was the sexual act they nailed him for.

  • Col

    And to think what he fought for, Freedom, but was never able to have it.

    • Adam Michaels

      Exactly

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