Alan Turing was a computer genius and Engima codebreaker who helped win World War 2. Then, by way of thanks, he was hounded to death by the state for his homosexuality. Sixty years on, however, Turing has been immortalised in a London sculpture – one of three local heroes voted for by residents to stand proud near St Mary’s. Made of the same steel as the Angel of the North, the mathematician’s memorialisation in metal follows the news that the House of Lords is seeking to pardon Turing, who was prosecuted for ‘gross indecency’ in 1952 – by which they meant merely having sex with another man. Gasp!
Known as ‘the father of artificial intelligence’, (without him this blog might not even exist!) the campaign has been supported for a couple of years now by big names including Stephen Fry, as well as a petition signed by some 37,402 supporters. It’s only fitting than an intellectual giant has joined cast of London’s statues.
Discover Turing’s legacy at the Science Museum’s ‘Codebreaker’ exhibition until October 2013.