No Pardon For Alan Turing From British Government.
PublishedFebruary 8, 2012
A petition signed by over 21,000 people asked the UK Government to grant a pardon to Alan Turing. That request has now been declined.
In the UK and in many parts of the world a great deal is being made of the fact that this year, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing.
But also this month the House of Lords declined to grant a posthumous pardon for the crime of gross indecency for which he was convicted in 1952. Not only was he forced to undergo chemical castration, his security clearance was then withdrawn and he was unable to work for continue his work for GCHQ, Britain’s intelligence agency.
Turing committed suicide two year’s later
An previous petition, organised by computer security expert and author, John Graham-Cumming in 2009 led to the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown issuing an unequivocal posthumous apology to Mr Turing on behalf of the Government, describing his treatment as “horrifying” and “utterly unfair”.
Gordon Brown also said his statement that the country owed him a huge debt and this helped to fuel the surge of attention that Turing’s life and work is currently receiving.
When Gordon Brown’s apology was included in the Channel 4 documentary celebrating Turing’s life and achievements broadcast in November 2011, a new petition was initiated asking for the UK government to consider granting a posthumous pardon to Alan Turing.