Alan Turing, a gay World War II hero and “the father of computer science” will be the new face of the UK’s £50 bill, Bank of England Gov. Mark Karney announced Monday.
Following his war contributions, in 1953, Turing was convicted of “gross indecency” for having sex with his partner, and part of his sentence was castration, according to Gay Star News. Turing died by suicide. Gay rights campaigner John Leech fought to have him pardoned, succeeding in 2009.
“I’m absolutely delighted that Turing will be the face of the new £50 note. I hope it will go some way to acknowledging his unprecedented contribution to society and science ...But more importantly I hope it will also serve as a stark and rightfully painful reminder of what we lost, and what we risk when we allow that kind of hateful ideology to win,” Leech told Gay Star News.
The movie “Imitation Game” was based on Turing’s success in cracking Nazi codes during the war.