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Alan Turing finally pardoned

Alan Turing is well known as a genius of cryptography and one of the great pioneers of computing.

Alan Turing

Despite having been instrumental in work that is generally regarded as saving thousands of lives and helping win WW2, Turing was convicted in 1952 for being homosexual and was punished by being chemically castrated. He later committed suicide by ingesting cyanide (although it was possibly an accident).

After sixty years, a posthumous pardon under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy came into effect today.

Lord Sharkey, a Liberal Democrat peer who wrote a private member's bill calling for a royal pardon in July 2012, said the decision was "wonderful news".

Glyn Hughes, the sculptor of the Alan Turing Memorial in Manchester, said it was "very gratifying" that Turing had finally been pardoned. (See my post on Alan Turing's secret memorial for the charming statue of Turing by Glen Hughes which is very near where I live.)

However, at least 50,000 other men who were convicted of gross indecency, before the law was repealed have not been pardoned.

More details: Royal pardon for codebreaker Turing