Alan Turing was a genius code-breaker and a great mathematician. But he was convicted and castrated under the old homophobic laws of the Victorian-era. Now, Britain is honoring the genius.
Alan Turing will now be the face of Britain’s £50 note.
It was announced by the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney; that Turing who was chemically castrated and subsequently killed himself in 1954 would be the face of the latest polymer note. This change would come across by the end of 2021.
Mark Carney further quoted, “as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far-ranging and pathbreaking.” Subsequently, he termed Alan Turing as “a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.”
Genius who deserved more
Alan Turing was a founding father to computer science and artificial intelligence. Moreover, he was famed as a codebreaker. In fact, his work was widely appreciated as it hastened the end of World War II while saving many lives.
Alan Turing used his genius to help develop a machine that could crack the Enigma code which was used by Nazi Germany in World War II
Moreover, he is also very famous for his “Turing test.” This in fact is still in use as a benchmark for judging if a machine can be considered to be thinking.
But sadly, society was harsh on Alan Turing. And his achievements got overshadowed after he was convicted of engaging in homosexual activity as it was a criminal offense in older Britain.