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Bletchley Park's Alan Turing gets official apology

Gordon Brown says sorry for treatment of "war hero"
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Gordon Brown says sorry for treatment of "war hero"

Alan Turing, the mathematician and cryptographer whose work played an essential role in the efforts of codebreaking-centre Bletchley Park during WWII, received a posthumous apology from Prime Minister Gordon Brown last week for Turing's conviction under anti-gay laws, and subsequent suicide, in 1954.

Mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing's work was vital to Bletchley Park's efforts in WWII

Mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing's work was vital to Bletchley Park's efforts in WWII
(Photo credit: Nick Heath/silicon.com)

An online petition containing more than 30,000 signatures, resulted in the apology on behalf of the British government.

ZDNet UK has more on the Alan Turing apology here.

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