Monday, June 07, 2004

Turing remembered

Alan Turing committed suicide fifty years ago today, an event that is being commemorated by Manchester University, where he did a lot of his post-war work. Turing has been called the father of computing science and his work during the war was invaluable. Back then, he was hounded because of who he was when he should have been celebrated. He deserves the recognition that he's finally getting now. I only wish that it could have come fifty years ago. Who knows what further work he would have gone on to do if he hadn't been driven to suicide because of his homosexuality. The word 'genius' is bandied about too readily today, but I really feel that Turing deserved it.

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