Alan Turing was a British mathematician and code breaker who helped defeat Adolf Hitler, but until Tuesday, he was also a criminal, convicted of homosexuality after World War II. He was officially granted a pardon by Queen Elizabeth II, more than 50 years after he was found dead from cyanide poisoning.
The Post’s Anthony Faiola reported in September on the movement to get a pardon for Turing, whose work, scholars say, helped lay the groundwork for everything from mainframes to iPhones. The swell of support is proof of Turing’s popularity, Faiola wrote:
“Every time you turn on your computer, every time you check your e-mail, every time you share a photo,” it is because of Turing’s concepts, said Teddy Schwarzman, producer of the “Imitation Game,” a multimillion-dollar biopic on Turing due out next year starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.