There are different types of geniuses. But there is one specific type of super genius. A super genius that can master entire subjects within days and/or weeks, whose inventions would help create altogether new realities and who's actions would single-handedly end up re-writing the course of history and help save a lot of lives. Alan Turing was that super genius.
Yet in-spite of all of his achievements, the fate that Turing was meted with is extremely tragic. Alan Turing was gay and at that time, homosexuality was labelled as a crime in Great Britain. Thus, Turing's options were to either go to prison or be treated with hormones, a chemical castration. Turing chose the treatment with hormones. He was a victim of prejudice.
Turing died in 1954, two years from the date of his criminal prosecution. An act of suicide according to the coroner's report and an accident according to his family members.
It's a shame that in-spite of all of his achievements, Turing was treated as such. It's a shame that such a brilliant mind, left the world at a young age of 42.
Two days ago, Alan Turing was officially granted a pardon for his conviction. About time. We owe an awful lot to Alan Turing, across a wide spectrum.
1986 – 2013