Saturday, May 21, 2016

Alan Turing was known to be highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science. He is best known for his accomplishments during World War Two. He devised a number of techniques that could successfully decode German ciphers,... 
 
Alan Turing was known to be highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science. He is best known for his accomplishments during World War Two. He devised a number of techniques that could successfully decode German ciphers, including the Enigma machine. It was estimated that Turing shortened the war for approximately two to four years. Tragically, living at a time when homophobia was rife and being gay was illegal, he was arrested in 1952 for gross indecency after confessing to being gay. He was forced to take castration pills and as a result, developed breasts. His conviction also led to the removal of his security clearance and he was not allowed to come back to his career at the Government Communications Headquarters, something that made him distraught. On 8 June, 1954, Turin was found dead - an alleged suicide by cyanide overdose. There was no investigation into his death but many believe his death was caused by something far more sinister. Regardless of how he died, it’s safe to say it’s a tragic ending for a man who was a fantastic pioneer who did so much for his country, and even the world.

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