Alan Turing

Today, the UK’s Prime Minister has, in response to an on-line petition on the UK Prime Ministers website, released a statement which publically acknowledges both the work of Alan Turing and his influential role in codebreaking during the second world war, but also that the way he was treated by the government of the day for being gay.

It is no exaggeration to say that, without his outstanding contribution, the history of World War Two could well have been very different. He truly was one of those individuals we can point to whose unique contribution helped to turn the tide of war.

And the statement ends with:

So on behalf of the British government, and all those who live freely thanks to Alan’s work I am very proud to say: we’re sorry, you deserved so much better.

Read the full statement here and there’s a good article on Wikipedia sumarising his work