Alan Turing to be on fifty pound note
Mathematician Alan Turing, who helped Britain win World War Two with his code-cracking will appear on the Bank of England’s next 50-pound banknote
Turing, committed suicide after being convicted for homosexuality, will appear on the Bank of England’s next 50-pound banknote, the BoE said on Monday.
“As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far-ranging and path-breaking,” BoE Governor Mark Carney said. “Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.”
Turing’s electro-mechanical machine, a forerunner of modern computers, unraveled the “unbreakable” Enigma code used by Nazi Germany. His work at Bletchley Park, Britain’s wartime code-breaking center, was credited with shortening the war and saving thousands of lives
But he was stripped of his job and chemically castrated with injections of female hormones after being convicted of gross indecency in 1952 for having sex with a man. Homosexual sex was illegal in Britain until 1967.Published: by Radio NewsHub