As The Imitation Game reaches UK cinemas…

…this is the story of the man who got the UK to acknowledge how brutally badly it treated Alan Turing. Andy why?

This man, younger than me, killed himself because at the time homosexuality was illegal and having been prosecuted he was chemically castrated in an attempt to ‘cure’ him.” Graham-Cumming noted that it was not until 1994 that the government parceled out any honor to the man who had arguably done more than any other in the 20th century to preserve the nation — and then by naming a stretch of the A6010 road in Manchester, his hometown, “Alan Turing Way.”

The Man Who Made the UK Say “I’m Sorry For What We Did To Turing.” — Backchannel — Steven Levy, Medium (14 November 2014)

That’s actually from John Graham-Cumming’s blog which this article by Steven Levy explains went on to change the UK.

It doesn’t make it right. But it makes it better than it was.

Read the full piece.

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