, the cryptographer and mathematician whose work was credited with shortening the Second World War, has been pardoned
Turing, a gay man, was convicted of gross indecency following consensual sex with a man in 1952. Ordinarily, a pardon will only be granted if the person is believed to have been innocent of the offence and the request is made by a family member. Turing met neither criteria, but his application was supported by a petition of over 37,000 people.
Of course, this comes far too late for Turing, who poisoned himself over 60 years ago at the age of 41. (previously
posted by tim_in_oz
on Dec 23, 2013 -