Tonight there will be a special tribute to Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing on Salford Quays. Two of the most powerful lasers in the world will beam out 'thank you' in morse code two miles into the sky in recognition of the Wilmslow mathematician.
Turing was a mathematical genius and the father of the modern computer, much of his ground breaking work was conducted at The University of Manchester.
Artist Craig Morrison created ‘Thank You’ in memory of all the men and women who served in the First and Second World War, and to thank Alan Turing for the many lives he helped to save.
The light show will take place for the next week and will form the centre-piece of this year’s Manchester Histories Festival.
Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon.
The mathematician from Wilmslow was convicted under homophobic laws in the 1950s.
Turing saved thousands of lives through his code breaking work in the Second World War.
Dr Turing, who died aged 41 in 1954 and is often described as the father of modern computing, has been granted a pardon under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy by the Queen following a request from Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.
The Prime Minister faced questions today on whether the conviction of scientist Alan Turing will be reversed.
The late mathematician from Wilmslow is widely credited with creating the world's first computer as well as breaking Nazi codes during the second world war. Turing was convicted under homophobic laws in the 50s.
David Cameron says he will look at a possible pardon.