Scientists call for Alan Turing to be pardoned

Professor Stephen Hawking and other leading scientists claim Enigma hero Alan Turing should be pardoned posthumously over his historic conviction for homosexuality.

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Pardon for Alan Turing?

Some of Britain's leading scientists have written to the Prime Minister to ask the government to "formally forgive" a codebreaking genius whose work at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes helped shorten the Second World War.

Alan Turing was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 after admitting to police that he was gay.

Scientists call for codebreaker to be pardoned

Alan Turing Credit: ITV Anglia

The Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing should be officially pardoned by the Government for his historic conviction for homosexuality, according to a group of leading scientists.

The group, which includes Professor Stephen Hawking and Baroness Trumpington, who worked for Turning at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, has called on the Prime Minister to formally forgive the mathematician.

Turing died from cyanide poisoning in 1954 after being convicted of gross indecency. His work at the Park played a vital role in bringing an end to the Second World War.


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