Alan Turing, a British mathematician and computer scientist, is one of the biggest names in the history of the evolution of computers and information technology. Now, 60 years after his suicide, his life and work, mainly in the face of the crypto cracking of the Enigma machine, used by the Nazis during World War II, to become a film, called “The Imitation Game”, which even has a trailer.
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Turing will be represented by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and the work will focus on his work, which is decisive for the victory of the Allies in the conflict, and his contribution to the history of information technology. However, the film also shows the personal problems faced by the scientist for being homosexual.
In 1952, Turing was sentenced to chemical castration for his sexual orientation, which would have influenced his suicide in 1954. His sentence for “indecency” made him impotent and caused him to develop breasts, which must have contributed to him consumed cyanide and killed himself in 1954.
It was only in 2013 that he received a posthumous pardon from Queen Elizabeth II, after a long campaign to clear his honor. In 2009, a petition prompted Prime Minister Gordon Brown to publish a public apology for the terrible persecution.
However, a new petition in 2011 was unsuccessful, as politician Lord McNally stated that a posthumous sentence was not reasonable, since he had been convicted of something that really was a crime under current legislation. In 2012, the parliament studied a bill forgiving Turing that arrived at a second re-reading, but ended up being overtaken by the prerogative of the queen’s pardon.
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