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Alan Turing was a remarkable British hero who helped create the modern world. Now known as the father of computer science, his inventions contributed greatly to the groundwork for the modern compu...
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British computer scientists and engineers of this era are great.
It's ironic the people who wouldn't have figured in Hitler's nation were instrumental in it's downfall. Quite a few of the boffins at Bletchley would have been "on the spectrum" with their unusual social characteristics. Today such people get sidelined with dreadful phrases like "corporate fit" (such as one of the guys who worked on some of the original Visicalc code in a recent job interview here in the UK).

Turing was tried and convicted in court, bigotry yes, institutional, at the time, certainly. If we can get rid of ageism, sexism, racism, judging people by size, comments they make about people on the X-Factor resulting in torrents of hate...
And, of course, he was just one of many, many, some famous or brilliant or important, some ordinary, who suffered because of who they were or who they were perceived to be.
There tends to be both a sensationalist aspect to popular depictions of Turing and also a lack of recognition of his legacy.  I've seen documentaries which more or less claim that Turing was responsible for all the activity at Bletchley Park, and that he single-handedly "saved Britain".  Obviously, that's not true.

If natural language is Turing complete then this has far-reaching implications for the interpretation of human culture and the differences between humans and other social animals.
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