OMG - Alan Turing gets an apology!

It's decades late, but a lovely gesture none-the-less: Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister of Britain has formally apologized for the treatment of Alan Turing. It's hard to overstate his impact on the latter half of the 20th century, and the discipline of computer science in particular. Think of what your life would have been like without him: a longer and more devastating second world war; and the development of computers delayed by many years. How much better could the world have been if his life had not been cut short by thoughtless intolerance? For details, as always, consult wikipedia.
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Yep, I don't normally sign petitions, but I did sign that one. Where would I be without the Church-Turing (hypo)thesis?

Rgds

Damon

Posted by Damon Hart-Davis on September 10, 2009 at 05:40 PM PDT #

I signed this as soon as I knew about it. If you're going to use the word genius you simply have to apply it to Turing. It's nice to have a formal apology for his shameful treatment, even if it is too late.

Posted by Hugo on September 10, 2009 at 06:50 PM PDT #

Alan says, "apology accepted" ... ;)

Posted by m on September 16, 2009 at 04:34 AM PDT #

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