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"We're Sorry"—Petition Sparks U.K. Apology on Alan Turing's Persecution

11 September 2009 5:10 am
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Computer scientist John Graham-Cumming was working on his book, The Geek Atlas, when he recently decided to petition the U.K. government to apologize for its 1950s persecution of Alan Turing based upon his homosexuality—an effort that apparently led to the famed mathematician and computer scientist taking his own life. The online petition drew thousands of supporters, including scientists such as Richard Dawkins, and U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has now issued the desired apology, noting in a letter to the Daily Telegraph: "While Mr Turing was dealt with under the law of the time and we can't put the clock back, his treatment was of course utterly unfair and I am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him."

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