The Life and Times and Trials and Tribulations of Alan Turing

Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition.

Throughout history, people on the LGBTQIA spectrum have commonly been ousted from society, despite extraordinary talents and abilities. Alan Mathison Turing is an excellent example. Born on 23 June 1912 in Maida Vale, London, Turing worked as a logician/ mathematician. During WW2, he was instrumental in breaking the German Enigma code, leading to Allied victory over Nazi Germany.

During his time at Princeton University (after obtaining a PhD at Cambridge) he developed the notion of a ‘universal computing machine’ which could solve complex calculations. This would become known as the Turing machine, which foreshadowed the digital computer.

After reporting a crime in the early 1950’s, it was revealed that the perpetrator was in an intimate relationship with him. Turing was tried and convicted of gross indecency (popular anti-homosexuality law) (was overturned in 2013). He narrowly avoided prison time by accepting chemical castration, which was “caused” by forcing the ‘convicted’ to consume female estrogen hormones- often leaving them impotent.

In early June of 1953, Turing was found dead by apparent suicide. His research and contributions to computational science wouldn’t become known until years after his death.

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