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Alan Turing bday, suicide mention 

Alan Turing was born today

He was gay and neurodivergent, famous for 'Turing machine,' a model for modern/general purpose computers

he was also chemically castrated by his government for being gay (instead of prison time), and later committed suicide at 41

Rest in Power, Alan :heart_cybre:

Alan Turing bday, suicide mention 

@vickysteeves he was also a competitive marathon runner and made some really interesting advancements in the study of biological patternicity (see: Turing Patterns)

i was irritated with the film made about him (the imitation game) for portraying him as socially awkward to make his societal exclusion "relatable" when in reality he was quite socially capable and it was literally just due to oppression over his sexuality .-.

re: Alan Turing bday, suicide mention 

@vickysteeves Never forget the Enigma code - arguably Turing's work helped win WWII.

Alan Turing bday, suicide mention 

@vickysteeves antifascist hero, too

Rest in power and death to her majesty’s government

Alan Turing bday, suicide mention 

@vickysteeves Though, it's possible that his death was an accident. That bit appears equivocal, to my reading.
Even if he'd lived, it's unlikely his oppressors would have ever given him liberty or anything close to an apology, though. AFAIK they still haven't even apologised.

Alan Turing bday, suicide mention 

@cathal the Queen posthumously pardoned him for homosexual acts 🙄 and there was an apology by a PM sometime in the 90s, and a law passed in the UK in the 2000s that formally undid the anti-homosexual act that Alan was indicted and sentenced over (it was called "Alan's Law" or some such)

Alan Turing bday, suicide mention 

@vickysteeves Ah yes, I remember the "pardon" from the hereditary autocrat. But had missed the PM apology, which is a bigger deal IMO.

re: Alan Turing bday, suicide mention 

@vickysteeves
Turing was cool, but not nearly as cool as ya boi John von neumann
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