It is so easy to forget what cruelty our recent history holds.
Just about anyone in analytic philosophy is familiar with the work of Alan Turing, who is a central figure in the development of the theory underlying modern computers. In addition, he was pivotal in the breaking of the Enigma Code in WWII. And the treatment he received, which almost certainly led to his suicide, is shocking.
A petition to ask for an apology to him from the British government is up. Only UK citizens can sign it, unfortunately.
An online petition demanding a formal apology from the British government for its treatment of World War II code-breaker Alan Turing is gaining momentum.
Turing was subjected to chemical castration in 1952 after being found guilty of the charge of gross indecency for having a homosexual relationship, an illegal act at the time. He committed suicide two years later.
More than 19,000 people have added their names to the petition since it opened three weeks ago, urging the government to “recognize the tragic consequences of prejudice that ended this man’s life and career.”