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Alan Turing was the greatest computer scientist ever born in Britain. He laid the foundations of computing, helped break the Nazi Enigma code and told us how to tell whether a machine could think.

He was also gay. He was prosecuted for being gay, chemically castrated as a ‘cure’, and took his own life, aged 41.

The British Government should apologize to Alan Turing for his treatment and recognize that his work created much of the world we live in and saved us from Nazi Germany. And an apology would recognize the tragic consequences of prejudice that ended this man’s life and career.

Even without knowing it, everybody in the world has Alan Turing to thank for contributing greatly to both freedom and computing.

Every British citizen should sign this, there aren’t any excuses which can pardon you from making Number Ten pardon this pioneer of Computer Science.

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/turing/
(2nd Sep 09 – 22,779 signatures)

Update: 11th September 2009
Gordon Brown has released a statement on behalf of Number 10 about the petition, cause and Alan himself:
http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page20571

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