CODE BREAKING GENIUS Alan Turing is being lined up for a pardon as Lib Dem peer Lord Sharkey has introduced a private member's bill to allow it.
Turing's pardon has been hoped for and expected for years. The Bletchley Park code breaker was broken by the UK legal system and sent to prison for being homosexual.
Years later his achievements are still celebrated, but he has yet to be pardoned. Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Sharkey has stood up and called for a pardon.
The Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill [HL] 2013-14 was introduced yesterday, "A Bill to give a statutory pardon to Alan Mathison Turing for offences under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 of which he was convicted on 31 March 1952."
The first reading of the Bill happened yesterday and it has now begun its journey through parliament.
In March, Turing's Universal Machine, which was the basis for the modern computer, was voted the most important British innovation of the 20th Century.
"The Universal Turing Machine being voted most important British innovation for the past one hundred years is yet another endorsement of the diverse brilliance of Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing," said Iain Standen, chief executive of the Bletchley Park Trust.
"We are delighted that, long after his death, Turing's contribution to the modern world is finally being acknowledged and our gratitude goes to all who have voted for the Universal Turing Machine."
Turing has not been pardoned, but four years ago the government did apologise for his treatment.
"I am both pleased and proud that, thanks to a coalition of computer scientists, historians and LGBT activists, we have this year a chance to mark and celebrate another contribution to Britain's fight against the darkness of dictatorship; that of code-breaker Alan Turing," said Gordon Brown in a statement.
"While Turing was dealt with under the law of the time and we can't put the clock back, his treatment was of course utterly unfair and I am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him."
Today, Dr Sue Black, a trustee at Bletchley Park, gave a mixed reaction to the news of the proposed pardon.
"I'm delighted that a pardon for Turing is being discussed and debated... I'm in two minds as to whether a pardon is appropriate," she said.
"In my opinion Turing did nothing wrong, so is a pardon appropriate? At the same time, if it means that the govt send out a positive message about homosexuality that's a good thing." µ
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