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Alan Turing pardoned posthumously, at last

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.

Read more about Turing, the movement to get him pardoned, and how he helped the Allies win World War II here.

Terri Rupar is The Post's national digital projects editor.


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