Code-breaker Alan Turing to appear on U.K.’s new £50 bank note


LONDON, JULY 16: Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been chosen to feature on Britain’s new £50 note, the Bank of England announced on Monday, decades after his tragic death following a conviction for homosexuality.
Turing played a pivotal role in the development of early computers, but his career was cut short by his conviction in 1952 for “gross indecency” with a 19-year-old man.
He did not go to prison but was chemically castrated and died of cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide in 1954, aged 41.
“Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today,” Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said as he unveiled the note worth £50.
“As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far ranging and path-breaking,” he said at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, northwest England. “Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.”
Turing received a posthumous pardon from Queen Elizabeth II in 2013.
In 2017, the “Alan Turing Law” posthumously pardoned men who had been cautioned or convicted under historical legislation that outlawed homosexual acts in Britain.
“It is only fitting that we remember his legacy and the brilliant contribution LGBT people have made to our country on the new £50 note,” outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May said.
The note, which is due to enter circulation by the end of 2021, shows a photo of Turing taken in 1951. (AFP)