For decades, campaigners have been trying to get computer pioneer Alan Turing posthumously pardoned for a conviction of the crime of indecency, based largely on Turing being teh ghey. Well this morning, Queen Elizabeth II finally used her royal powers to grant Turing that pardon.
There’s already a Monopoly set for everything under the sun enjoyed by two or more people, so it’s about time they’ve gotten around to making cool Monopoly versions, celebrating cool people. Like Alan Turing.
If computer pioneer Alan Turing were alive today, he would be 100 years old. And on the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1912, why don’t you pat your computer on the head and remember that without Turing, computers as we know them today might not exist. The computing world would possibly be very different.
Even if British courts won’t posthumously pardon Alan Turing for the crime of being gay, hopefully at some point the country might honor the computer pioneer on its money. Maybe. At least that’s what over 10,000 people who have signed a petition to put Turing on British bank notes hope.
Even as Great Britain celebrates the accomplishments of Alan Turing’s genius in developing early computers that helped the Allies win World War II, the British House of Lords refused to give a posthumous pardon to the scientist. In 1954, Turing was convicted of homosexuality and chemically castrated.