The Persecution of Alan Turing

Alan Turing (1912-06-23 1954-06-19 age:41) was one of the most brilliant computer scientists of all time. He was the creator of the world’s first computer. He was able compute things with that tiny computer, including cracking Nazi ciphers, that astound today’s programmers.

He was tried on 1952-03-31 for having consensual sex with another male in his home. He was convicted and offered the alternatives of a year’s imprisonment or chemical castration. He opted for castration. For the period of a year, he took injections of feminising estrogen intended to neutralise his libido. This is Britain’s eternal shame, not Turing’s. In 1954 he committed suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

I spit on those busybody meddling prudes who thought they had the right to interfere with other people’s private sex lives that did not in the least concern them.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)