Monday, November 16, 2009

PM apologises to Alan Turing

On Thursday, 10 September the Prime Minister apologised for the treatment of Alan Turing, who took his own life two years after he was prosecuted for being gay. The apology came in response to a petition, created by computer scientist, John Graham-Cumming, which has over 30,000 signatories.

The Prime Minister’s apology also recognised Alan Turing’s vital role during World War Two:

Turing was a quite brilliant mathematician, most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes. It is no exaggeration to say that, without his outstanding contribution, the history of World War Two could well have been very different.

And the Prime Minister concluded by saying:

So on behalf of the British government, and all those who live freely thanks to Alan’s work I am very proud to say: we’re sorry, you deserved so much better.

These quotes are taken from The Official site of the Prime Minister’s Office, and the full apology is available at

This article quoted from the IMA site

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