[ucc] Alan Turing
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Wed Jun 9 17:12:28 WST 2004
Davyd Madeley schrieb am 09.06.2004 um 10:50 Uhr:
> On Wed, 2004-06-09 at 16:47 +0800, Chris Coman wrote:
> > And he was gay!
> Is this actually canon, or a creation of Neal Stephenson? I've never
> been able to get a /straight/ answer on the matter.
| Prosecution of Turing for his homosexuality crippled his career. In 1952,
| his male lover helped an accomplice to break into Turing's house and
| commit larceny. Turing went to the police to report the crime. As a
| result of the police investigation, a 19 year old man was said to have
| had a sexual relationship with him and Turing was charged with "gross
| indecency and sexual perversion". He unapologetically offered no
| defence, and was convicted. Following the well-publicised trial, he
| was given a choice between incarceration and libido-reducing hormonal
| treatment. He chose the hormone injections, which lasted for a year,
| with side effects including the development of breasts during that period.
| His 1932 reading of the then new work of von Neumann on the logical
| foundations of quantum mechanics, helped the transition from emotional
| to rigorous intellectual enquiry. At the same time, this was when his
| homosexuality became a definitive part of his identity.
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