Gordon Brown apologises for treatment of Turing

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Gordon Brown apologises for treatment of Turing

Cliff Saran

The Prime Minister has apologised for the treatment of Alan Turing, the father of Computer Science, after World War Two, which led to his suicide by cyanide poisoning in 1954.

In a statement on the Number 10 website, Gordon Brown, said, "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'."

In 1952, Turing was found guilty of gross indecency after being outed as a homosexual. Faced with the choice of chemical castration or a prison sentence, he took his own life in 1954, by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

Brown said, "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 have been very different. He truly was one of those individuals we can point to whose unique contribution helped to turn the tide of war."


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