Magazine article The Spectator

The Man Who Saw Further

Magazine article The Spectator

The Man Who Saw Further

Article excerpt

Alan Turing, the man who developed the Enigma code that saved the Allied war effort, was not merely disregarded by his country. A homosexual, he was convicted of 'gross indecency' in 1952 and chemically castrated via forced oestrogen injections. Under unimaginable duress, he committed suicide. That it took until 2009 for the British government to apologise only compounds the scandal.

Turing's story is told in Codebreaker, a docud rama that combines reenactments of conversations between Turing, played by Ed Stoppard (above), and his psychiatrist (the German Jewish refugee Franz Greenbaum), and interv iews w ith exper t s on his life and work. One after another, they attest to Turing's brilliance as the man who created modern computing. Turing was to computer s what Ga l i leo and New ton were to physic s : someone who 'had thought s that nobody el se was having'. …

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