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.


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