Father of computer science Alan Turing issued royal pardon 59 years after his death

British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing was convicted of “gross indecency” in 1952, before being sentenced to chemical castration. Now, 59 years after his death from cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide attempt, he has been issued a posthumous pardon by Queen Elizabeth. Turing — who was instrumental in cracking the Nazi Enigma code during World War II and designed ACE, one of the world’s first stored-program computers — received the conviction for his homosexuality, and underwent a series of injections that left him impotent and growing breasts.

The pardon was granted under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy after a request from Chris Grayling, the British government’s Justice Minister, and comes after a lengthy…

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