Computer Genius Alan Turing Posthumously Pardoned by Queen Elizabeth

By: Tuesday December 24, 2013 4:45 pm

Turing–whose work during World War II at Bletchley Park, the National Codes and Cipher Centre, had broken the German’s Naval Enigma code and turned the tide of the war in the Allies favor–was forced to choose between a year in prison or an experimental treatment to “fix” his sexual orientation after police, during the course of burglary investigation, discovered Turing was gay.

 

FDL Movie Night: Codebreaker

By: Monday January 28, 2013 5:00 pm

We are honored to have Codebreaker as our FDL Movie Night discussion with the film’s executive producer Patrick Sammon as our guest. Nominated for the 2013 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary, Codebreaker is the story of British mathematical genius Alan Turing whose vision shaped the world we now live in, and who was prosecuted and persecuted  by the British  courts for his sexuality under the same statutes as Oscar Wilde decades earlier.

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