Wednesday, March 10, 2010

An Olympic honour for Alan Turing

Over at The Guardian I write:

Last year I led a campaign to obtain an apology for the mistreatment of the British mathematician Alan Turing. Turing's prosecution for homosexuality led to the death of a true genius at the age of only 41 in 1954. On 10 September last year, Gordon Brown issued an apology that recognised Turing's stature as one of the greatest Britons. But Britain has a final opportunity to unapologetically recognise Alan Turing in two years' time, at the 2012 Olympics.

Read the rest here.

1 comment:

Ian Watson said...

What an excellent idea! We're planning to celebrate Turing's centenary her in Auckland NZ with a lecture series - themed around Turing issues.

But I'd be very keen to support this. I'm writing a book on the history of computing and of course Alan Turing is one of the stars of the story.