A campaign has been launched in the UK to obtain a posthumous apology for computer pioneer, Alan Turing, for his conviction for homosexuality that ended his career and probably led to his suicide at the age of 41. Turing was one of the most brilliant pioneer computer scientists and a key part of the code-breaking team at Bletchley Park that helped crack secret enemy communications during WWII. He received an OBE for his war work, but was later prosecuted for “gross indecency” simply for having sex with a man.
It has been pointed out to me elsewhere that many other people (notably Oscar Wilde) also suffered significantly as a result of the UK’s sexuality laws, and they deserve apologies too. Turing, however, is an excellent poster child for such a campaign and an apology to him will effectively be an acknowledgment by the UK government that it has acted very badly in the past.