Alan Turing Is On The Cover Of This Month’s Attitude Magazine

He won the Posthumous Icon award at an award ceremony last night.

2. Turing is known as the father of computing, whose codebreaking work at Bletchley Park was crucial to the Allied war effort during World War II.

However his homosexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution in 1952 (as homosexual acts were illegal in the United Kingdom at the time). He was subject to chemical castration and he committed suicide by cyanide poisoning two years later.

3. He’s also being depicted by Benedict Cumberbatch in a new film called The Imitation Game, which began shooting last month.

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4. If you’re interested in learning more about Turing listen to this excellent short documentary by Radiolab.

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5. The Science Museum also has an exhibit on Turing’s life and legacy at the moment. It’s worth a visit.

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