When being gay was a crime in Britain, and he was convicted of gross indecency, and stripped of his security clearance, and chemically castrated, this brilliant mathematician, regarded as the father of computer science, Alan Turing, took his own life at the age of 41.
Queen Elizabeth II just granted a mercy pardon. The pardon comes 59 years after Turing’s suicide. The Royal Prerogative of Mercy has been exercised only three times since 1945.
Stephen Hawking considers Turing to be among the most important mathematicians in history.
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Among other accomplishments, Turing helped break the WWII German Enigma code.
Can you imagine what the world lost, and how much more Turing could have accomplished had he lived longer?