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New Sculpture of Alan Turing on Display: PHOTO

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A new sculpture of Alan Turing has been put on display in Paddington, London.

During World War II, Alan Turing, who is known as the father of modern computing, devised the Turing Bombe, a codebreaking device that was used to decipher the Nazi enigma codes, up to 3,000 messages per day. He was also gay, and two years after being convicted of "gross indecency" for being homosexual and sentenced to undergo hormone therapy, he killed himself with a cyanide-laced apple.

Activists and lawmakers are still working to get an official pardon for Turing's conviction from the British government.

Pink News reports:

The two-dimensional sculpture appeared near St Mary’s, Paddington, alongside sculptures of fellow local heroes, famous nurse Mary Seacole and Paddington Bear author Michael Bond.

The sculptures are part of the Portrait Bench series by Sustrans, transport charity, which installs the sculptures, as voted for by local residents. The sculptures are made from Corten steel, the same as the Angel of the North, and will eventually rust to give a more organic look.

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  1. I hope Turing gets the recognition he deserves. It's an old story that people too often are abused for a single part of their lives and, often, a relatively insignificant part. Here is a man who made, perhaps, the single critical contribution to the survival of Britain and the success of the west, and some want only to recall that he was a violator of morals charges. There is something seriously wrong with that perspective.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | May 16, 2013 10:31:30 AM


  2. I think Turing's arrest and conviction record should be totally expunged. A "pardon" indicates that he did something wrong but the state is taking mercy on him.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | May 16, 2013 11:02:20 AM


  3. Why in the world won't any British government pardon or expunge this poor man's criminal record? Can a prime minister do this, like the way a U.S. president has the authority to grant pardons? It is disgraceful.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 16, 2013 3:32:03 PM


  4. What the British government should admit is that there was an excellent chance it would have lost the war had it not been for Turing. The Brits were ill prepared and equipped to fight the Nazi war machine on land and especially at sea. It was their ability to read German U-Boat dispositions and Wehrmacht battle plans (often before the German commands decoded their own dispatches) that gave Britain the edge. Even Churchill admitted the U-Boats were his greatest fear. Without Turing's help, the U-Boats would have completely choked off Britain's life line long before the New World could come to the aid of the Old World. Turing should be hailed as a national hero. He did much more for the war effort than that pompous, egotistical, arrogant old closet case Montgomery.

    Posted by: Bob R | May 16, 2013 5:28:53 PM


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