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# 138202 24-Dec-2013 15:54
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From The Guardian: Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing receives royal pardon:


Alan Turing, the second world war codebreaker who took his own life after undergoing chemical castration following a conviction for homosexual activity, has been granted a posthumous royal pardon 59 years after his death.

The brilliant mathematician, who played a major role in breaking the Enigma code – which arguably shortened the war by at least two years – has been granted a pardon under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy by the Queen, following a request from the justice secretary, Chris Grayling.

Turing was considered to be the father of modern computer science and was most famous for his work in helping to create the "bombe" that cracked messages enciphered with the German Enigma machines. He was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 after admitting a sexual relationship with a man.




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  # 956979 24-Dec-2013 15:59
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Good for his family that a wrong has been admitted and half put right, a pardon is not a quashing of the conviction though. What a waste of a life for such a crazy law.




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He is the kind of person that will be idolized even more in the future. Father of what will become our AI overlords.





 
 
 
 


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Shame that it took Britain 59 years to grant a pardon.




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  # 957099 24-Dec-2013 22:49
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The pardon came late, woefully late and the delay adds to the shame of the UK for the way it treated him.

That does not diminish the joy that I feel that this day has now come.

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