£50 note honour is fitting tribute to codebreaker Alan Turing who changed science and society – The Yorkshire Post says

Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, during the announcement that Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been selected to feature on the next �50 note, at Science and Industry Museum, Manchester. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, during the announcement that Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been selected to feature on the next �50 note, at Science and Industry Museum, Manchester. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
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AS a Second World War code-breaker, a man who played a pivotal role in the development of early computers and who laid the foundations for development of artificial intelligence, Alan Turing should have been fêted.

Instead his life ended in tragedy – being found dead at the age of 41 from cyanide poisoning after a conviction for “gross indecency” for being homosexual two years before had resulted in him agreeing to undergo chemical castration to avoid prison and losing his security clearance with GCHQ.

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In the decades since, there have been great efforts to right these wrongs, with a Royal pardon granted in 2014. It also led to the Government exonerating other men convicted of similar historical indecency offences under what became known as the ‘Alan Turing law’.

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Now he has been given the honour as the next person to feature on the £50 note; a fitting tribute to a man who changed society 
as well as science.