Leading scientists, including Professor Stephen Hawking have made another appeal to the British government to pardon groundbreaking computer scientist and World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.
In 1954, at the age of just 41, Turing took his own life after being convicted of gross indecency at a time when homosexuality was still illegal. He avoided a prison sentence by agreeing to undergo chemical castration in 1952, which saw him injected with female hormones. Friends and colleagues said he was never the same after that.
This was just a few years after Turing was considered a war hero after his efforts to crack the German Enigma coded were deemed integral to the war effort.Continue Reading