An e-petition is being circulated asking the British government to pardon the legendary computing pioneer Alan Turing who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 for being a homosexual.
The petition comes just shy of the centenary celebration of one of the great geniuses of the 20th century who was driven to suicide at the age of 41. (Turing was born in London on June 23, 1912.)
Turing was imprisoned at a time when homosexuality was illegal in England. He was subsequently forced to undergo chemical castration and committed suicide by cyanide poisoning in 1954. In 2009, a petition convinced … Read more