Alan Turing Receives Royal Pardon

Computing pioneer Alan Turing has received a posthumous pardon from the Queen, more than 60 years after his conviction for “gross indecency” and his subsequent suicide.

The Independent reports that the pardon was given under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy, typically used to nullify the conviction of an innocent person.

Alan Turing is best known to history for his work during World War II in helping to defeat German ciphers and the Enigma machine in particular. Turing was also gay, and was prosecuted for his homosexuality in 1952. After undergoing chemical castration to avoid prison, he died of cyanide poisoning in 1954.

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